Four-lane stretch on the Danforth by the school needs to have reduced speeds, trustee says
The community at Birchmount Collegiate are heartbroken after a 17-year-old female student was hit and killed by a vehicle outside the school Tuesday morning.
“When you go to this school for four years — and she was well known — it is absolutely devastating for the kids and even staff are huddled together,” Toronto District School Board spokesman Shari Schwartz-Maltz said outside the school on Wednesday.
“There are a lot of tears. She was loved.”
On Tuesday, at 11:45 a.m., the girl was crossing Danforth Ave. northbound on the east side of Birchmount Rd. when she was struck by a 40-year-old woman in a grey Dodge Caravan who was turning southbound on BIrchmount to go east on Danforth.
Students on scene called the school after the accident and administrators rushed to the scene and made calls for help.
The girl was taken to hospital where she died.
TDSB trustee for the area, Parthi Kandavel, admits the four-lane stretch on the Danforth by the school should have further reduced speed limits.
“There have been talks about speed limits on Kingston and Danforth, but mostly at the elementary level. There needs to be more discussion. Speeding is an issue,” Kandavel said.
Antone Skerritt, the TDSB’s Centrally Assigned Principal for Caring and Safe Schools, was at the school Wednesday.
“Our role is to reach out to the family,” he said.
Schwartz-Maltz says the parents haven’t given the board permission to release the girl’s name and police haven’t given her name.
The TDSB has social workers and psychologists at the school going from class to class to help students cope and have set up a safe space.
“They will take the lead from the kids to help them. Kids need time to process,” Schwartzz-Maltz said.
The investigation is ongoing.
Police are asking local residents, businesses and drivers, who may have security or dash camera footage of the area or incident, to contact investigators.
Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-1900, or call Crime Stoppers at 416-222-TIPS (8477).