Tue. Dec 7th, 2021

Friends of a Class 12 student who was hit by a vehicle on Tuesday as they were crossing an intersection in Scarborough say they are treating her passers-by.

According to police, 17-year-old Danforth Avenue, near Birchmount Road, was crossing around 11:45 a.m. when a car turned left and hit her. She was rushed to the hospital but later died.

The 40-year-old driver involved remained at the scene and was “obviously in shock and upset,” investigators said.

On Wednesday, students at Birchmount Park CI identified the teenager as Nadia Mozumden.

“She always had a smile on her face, no matter the day, good or bad, and she always brought smiles on everyone else’s faces,” one student said.

“It’s really sad for us, I’m still doing well because I know her,” said another student. “It still hurts.”

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Anton Skerritt, the centrally assigned principal of caring and safe schools at the Toronto District School Board (TDSB), called the incident “extremely tragic.”

“This young lady is fondly remembered by the students here,” he said Wednesday outside the school. “It’s all hands on deck to support the students who stay here.”

“She was well-liked and loved, thought with joy here and will be remembered with joy.”

Mozumden went to high school last year, which meant that many students and staff at Birchmount Park knew her well.

“It’s devastating for these children. Just devastating. I saw the staff squeezing together, again four years at a school you will be known for, ”said TDSB spokeswoman Shari Schwartz-Maltz.

DRIVERS TEND TO SPEED IN AREA, THE COUNCIL SAYS

The area council in the area spoke with NEWSTALK 1010’s Moore in the Morning on Wednesday that his heart is breaking for the student’s family and friends.

“She’s not going to go to school today, and it breaks all of our hearts that this has happened,” Gary Crawford said. “I work very closely with the police as they investigate to see what happened at the intersection.”

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Neighbors told CTV News Toronto that speeding is a problem near this intersection, a fact that Crawford confirmed Wednesday.

‘Whether it’s the question of how this accident happened, we have to decide it, but there is a tendency for cars to drive faster along Kingston Road when they start getting out of the city center. So what do we do about it? ”

Crawford said the city has already increased the number of red light cameras throughout Toronto, including in his department, as well as speed cameras. He said an increase in intersecting guards and enforcement in the area would be something the city could consider depending on the results of the police investigation.

“We look at, very aggressively at this intersection and a few others in the area to ensure, ‘What can we do?'”

Area resident Kevin Rupasinghe said he was not surprised that an incident like this took place in the area.

“It does not feel like a surprise, just since it is a highway right next to a high school, there is a community center there, a church, people really treat it like a racetrack.”

Toronto Mayor John Tory said his “heart sinks” every time a death on the road is reported.

“I used to get a phone call before it got on the news and my heart sank, and all it does is double my determination with my colleagues to continue to have even more of the measures we have introduced,” he said.

“I really just wanted to plead with people when they see these preventable deaths … that (it) does not matter how old people are. These are preventable deaths and we are going to do more as a city, but we need to count on a partnership, a real partnership with people who drive cars and trucks and other vehicles, to take more care to brake more carefully by not engaging in distracted driving. ”

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