A dangerous month on the roads led to 70 collisions with pedestrians, cyclists



November had many days showing spikes in accidents involving cars. Wet conditions played a factor on some days, while at nights earlier sunsets impacted drivers. Either way, says one advocate, “you need to be paying more attention.” Here’s how the month played out.

It was a cloudy Wednesday evening with a light rainfall when a 69-year-old woman and a 62-year-old man were struck by separate cars travelling in opposite directions shortly before 8 p.m. at an intersection in Little Italy.

The woman suffered life-threatening injuries and died the next day, while the man was also taken to hospital.

The two were among 14 pedestrians hit by vehicles between 6 p.m. on Nov. 2 and 8:30 a.m. on Nov. 3. That 14.5-hour window was one of the major spikes of some 70 collisions involving a pedestrian or cyclist during the month of November, according to data compiled by the Star.

• Seven pedestrians were involved in six crashes on Nov. 4, leaving one person in life-threatening condition and another two in serious condition.

• On Nov. 6, the day the clocks turned back, six pedestrians and a cyclist were struck, including a senior woman who died after being hit by a car in Etobicoke.

 • There were three collisions the next day that resulted in two serious injuries to a cyclist and pedestrian, respectively. Two of the incidents happened between 5:40-6 p.m. after the sun had set.

• Five incidents on Nov. 9 left two cyclists and four pedestrians injured, including a mother and her child in a stroller who were in non-life threatening condition after being hit by a vehicle in Scarborough just after 8 p.m.

• The next day, a 63-year-old woman was killed after being hit by a van in Scarborough, in a crash just after 5:30 p.m. that also left a 74-year-old man with life-threatening injuries after being trapped by the vehicle. There were three other notable collisions on Nov. 10, including one that left a cyclist with serious injuries.

• Three pedestrians and a cyclist were hit by vehicles on Nov. 18, including a man in his 70s who sustained life-threatening injuries in Etobicoke around 1:30 p.m.

• Five pedestrians were struck Nov. 20, including a woman and her child who were in serious but non-life threatening condition after being hit in Yorkville on a day of scattered showers and light snowfall.

• On a cloudy day two days later, six pedestrians were involved in collisions, all of whom suffered minor injuries.

Pedestrians are typically involved in more collisions in November than any other month, according to Toronto police, who say Daylight Savings Time is one of the reasons behind this.

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