The moment before she died, Soraya Nanji, 28, was laughing on her cellphone with a good friend.
“‘Oh my God,’ I heard her say,” her friend Tylar Bertie told the Toronto Star.
The phone dropped from Nanji’s hand as she walked along Front Street just before 10 o’clock Wednesday night.
“I heard a (bystander) scream,” said Bertie, a former roommate. “I thought maybe she fell, dropped her phone.”
Bertie, who was at her parents’ home in Richmond Hill, later saw a news flash on TV about a young woman hit by a truck while talking on the phone. She knew it was her friend.
“I called the police … they were able to ID her based on what I said,” Bertie said.
“She was just an amazing, amazing person who always saw the best in people,” said Bertie.
Born in Uganda, Nanji grew up in Vancouver. She completed a bachelor of administrative studies at York University in 2007.