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’Tis the deadliest time of the year

Police say there is usually a spike in the number of pedestrian-related accidents this time of year.

A rash of collisions in Toronto has left one pedestrian dead and at least 15 more hurt in two days, police say. The latest victim is a 10-year-old girl who was taken to hospital with head injuries Thursday morning after being hit in the city’s east end.

The woman who died took a fatal step off a curb Wednesday morning, and unwittingly walked into the path of a truck.

Police say there is usually a spike in the number of pedestrian-related accidents this time of year.

It’s just after the end of daylight time so darkness comes earlier, and pedestrians start to wear heavier, darker clothing that may make them hard to spot, or could block their vision.

Toronto police Sgt. Tim Burrows said the heavy rain and stiff winds in the city over the past couple of days are likely contributing factors as well.

“Pedestrians sometimes want to get out of the elements really quick,” he said. “They may sacrifice their own personal safety doing that, not taking that extra precaution of stopping, looking, listening — the good basic safety principles that protect us all.”

 
 
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