While fewer people in Toronto are dying behind the wheel of their cars, the city’s streets are becoming more dangerous for pedestrians.

That’s what recent traffic stats show, highlighting a grim trend amid a deadly week for walkers in the GTA.

Seven pedestrians were killed across the region in the last seven days, beginning last Tuesday, when a teenager in Vaughan, a young mother in Etobicoke, and a senior citizen in the city’s west end were all run down the same day.

Later in the week, a 24-year-old woman was killed by a Brampton transit bus, a man taking a shortcut was hit by a GO train, and a father walking with his wife and four-year-old son was run over by a tow truck. During yesterday morning’s rush hour, a 60-year-old woman was killed by a TTC bus.

Toronto Const. Hugh Smith said the situation is getting worse in Toronto because as the city crowds, people aren’t using their senses to protect themselves — blocking sound with earphones and limiting their vision with hoods and hats — and drivers are more distracted than ever.

“Everybody’s moving quickly, pedestrians are moving blindly and nobody’s communicating.”

Numbers
Pedestrian fatalities in Toronto as a percentage of total traffic fatalities:
2009 — 31 of 48=65%
2008 — 27 of 54=50%
2007 — 23 of 52=44%
2006 — 30 of 57=53%