Toronto pedestrians hurt in accidents at busy crosswalks

CITY NEWS SERVICE

TORONTO — Two people suffered serious injuries after being struck by vehicles as pedestrians in Greater Toronto Area crosswalks this week, a paramedic said Thursday.

Paramedics responded to the first collision on Monday when a woman was crossing Aurora Avenue west of Eglinton Avenue just after 10 p.m.

An off-duty officer who saw the woman was crossing the street in an emergency lane, “prompting (her) to wait for the pedestrian crossing signal to come on,” Paramedic Heath McLaren said.

Once the green light came on, the driver allegedly failed to yield to the woman and hit her. The officer and bystander who stopped to help the woman were also struck, McLaren said.

She was rushed to hospital in critical condition, but was upgraded to serious condition on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, on Wednesday, a 15-year-old boy was hit by a pick-up truck as he was crossing Bloor Street East in North York.

Another bystander assisted him until paramedics arrived, McLaren said. The boy suffered “severe injuries and has been in serious condition at Toronto General Hospital.”

The driver was uninjured.

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