Multiple pedestrians hit in string of collisions

One critically injured in evening incidents

According to Toronto police, five pedestrians were struck in separate incidents within a two-hour time span.

The incidents occurred between the hours of 4:30 and 6:30 p.m. Nov. 5.

According to Toronto Police, November is the most dangerous month for Toronto pedestrians. With Daylight Savings Time over, it gets darker earlier in the evening, which leads to more collisions.

A media release from the Toronto police states, “Collision analysis shows that pedestrian fatalities represent approximately 60 per cent of yearly traffic fatalities in Toronto. 23 pedestrians have lost their lives this year. This represents over 66 per cent of traffic fatalities in Toronto from January 1, 2014 to date.”

It also notes seniors are the most vulnerable, accounting for 39 per cent of Toronto pedestrian fatalities.

Police have launched the “STEP UP and Be Safe” campaign, running from Nov. 3 to Nov. 9 to promote pedestrian safety.

Police are asking both drivers and pedestrians to avoid the use of distracting devices while crossing traffic.