Another pedestrian has been struck and seriously injured in Mount Dennis.
An 86-year-old man was trying to cross Weston south of Eglinton when he was struck by a 2009 Hyundai heading southbound. He was sent to the hospital with life-threatening injuries.
The police are asking for witnesses to the accident to come forward.
This is the third time that a pedestrian has been seriously injured at that intersection in the past 10 years.
Your correspondent does not know what happened in this case. The police report implies that the pedestrian was jaywalking, which, I hasten to add, we all do. However, that intersection is just plain dangerous because it is “skewed”—the roads do not meet at 90º.
- Crossing times are longer because the intersection is wider.
- Older people sometimes have limited head and neck mobility, and may find craning difficult.
- Drivers can take obtuse-angle turns at higher speeds.
Transport Canada recommends correcting skewed intersections so that the roads meet at 90º.