Pedestrian hit by car clings to life

Police investigate the scene of an accident on Jarvis and Carlton Streets on April 7, 2008. A...

Police investigate the scene of an accident on Jarvis and Carlton Streets on April 7, 2008. A pedestrian was reportedly struck when a car drove on the sidewalk. (SUN MEDIA/Ernest Doroszuk)

TAMARA CHERRY -- Sun Media

, Last Updated: 10:04 AM ET

A Mississauga man was clinging to life last night after being struck, carried and thrown by a car while walking in downtown Toronto yesterday afternoon.

A 23-year-old woman was driving west on Carlton St. when she swerved across the Jarvis St. intersection to the southwest corner and hit a planter and then a truck parked on Jarvis before hitting the pedestrian just after noon, Toronto Police Sgt. Brian Bowman said.

CHURCH FENCE

The 54-year-old victim was carried to the east side of Jarvis where he fell off the car, which then continued on for 15 or 20 metres before slamming into a church fence, Bowman said.

A Toronto ambulance had been going south on Jarvis with its lights and sirens on, but slowed down at Carlton for a red light when the woman swerved across the intersection.

"We don't know why the vehicle lost control," Bowman said. "We don't know if she was trying to avoid the ambulance."

It's unknown if the victim was walking on the street or the sidewalk when he was struck.

The Mississauga resident, who works in Toronto, was taken to St. Michael's Hospital with life-threatening injuries. As of late yesterday afternoon, he still hadn't regained consciousness, Bowman said.

The intersection remained closed for several hours yesterday. Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-1900 or Crime Stoppers at 416-222-8477 or 222tips.com.


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