TORONTO — A 56-year-old woman riding a mobility scooter died in a collision with an 18-wheel truck in Toronto's east end Tuesday.
"It has not been determined if she was run over by the wheels, but there was contact," Const. Clint Stibbe, of Traffic Services, said. "The scene suggests she was on the sidewalk."
Toronto Police were called to Carlaw Ave. and Gerrard St. E. at 10:06 a.m. after a three-wheel scooter collided with a truck that was turning right on Carlaw to make a delivery at the Riverdale shopping centre.
Under the Highway Traffic Act, a person on a mobility scooter is considered a pedestrian.
The 42-year-old man driving the truck remained on scene and was co-operating with police.
When police arrived, the truck had wheels on the curb of the road, but Stibbe said when such a large vehicle makes a tight turn, the curb is considered part of the road.
Carolyn Morris was dropping her son off at a nearby daycare when she saw the accident and pulled over to call 911.
"I saw the scooter but I didn't see her until I got closer. She was knocked off and bleeding. She didn't look alive and I couldn't tell if the wheel went over her," said Morris, who added that a 911 operator urged her to perform CPR.
"I have just finished a course, but I seized (at the thought of it) and I had my kids in the car. I felt terrible that I didn't want to go under the truck. Luckily, there is a fire station right on the corner and they were right there."
An autopsy will be performed Wednesday.