Man dead, woman injured after being struck by truck in Toronto: officials

A Toronto Police Service cruiser is seen in this file image. Toronto police said two pedestrians and a truck were involved in a fatal collision near Steeles Avenue East and Silver Star Boulevard. Global News

One man is dead and a woman has been taken to hospital after being struck by a truck that was reversing in a private parking lot in Toronto.

Toronto police Sgt. Melissa Kulik told reporters that emergency vehicles were called to a plaza in the Steeles Avenue East and Silver Star Boulevard area at around 12:20 p.m. on Tuesday for reports of a collision.

Kulik said witnesses told police that a commercial truck, driven by a 37-year-old man, was reversing in the plaza when it struck two pedestrians.

According to Kulik the driver of the vehicle, a Hino truck, remained at the scene and is cooperating with police.

Toronto paramedics told Global News an elderly man was pronounced dead at the scene, and an elderly woman was taken to a local trauma centre with life-threatening injuries.

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Police said the man was 90 years old and the woman was 79 years old.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police or Crime Stoppers.

“Collisions can happen anywhere,” Kulik said. “It’s incumbent upon both pedestrians, cyclists, drivers to all equally pay attention look around their surroundings, but of course we can’t point fingers or make any assumptions as to why this collision occurred.”

Kulik said the investigation is ongoing.

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