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C.W. Jefferys students wear purple for girl killed by truck

Students at C.W. Jefferys wore purple on Wednesday to remember Violet Liang, who was hit and killed by a truck on the first day of school.

Violet would have turned 15 on Wednesday.

Instead, as she headed in early on Tuesday to help a teacher prepare for the first day of school, she was struck and killed.

Violet was pronounced dead at the scene on Sentinel Road near Lamberton Boulevard, about half-a-kilometre from the high school.

The driver, a 41-year-old man, was attempting to turn left onto Lamberton around 8 a.m. There’s no word on charges.

Management at Rexdale Disposal, the company that owns the truck that struck the girl, declined to comment on the driver of the truck but passed on their condolences.

“It’s a loss and we pray for the family and we hope that they wil heal from this,” Adam Zaineh told CityNews.

Her death reignited the debate on trucks in school zones during the morning and afternoon rush.

In March, five-year-old Kayleigh Callaghan-Belanger was struck and killed by a city garbage truck as she walked home from school in Scarborough.

“I’m absolutely shocked that it happened on the first day of school,” said Coun. Gary Crawford.

The councillor — the representative for the Scarborough community where Kayleigh died — wants to see large trucks off the roadways when children are walking to and from school.

“Ultimately, do I think that garbage trucks or those kind of large trucks should be in school zones? No, I don’t,” he said.

Crawford requested that waste management staff review its equipment and routing to prevent similar accidents. That report is expected to be completed in spring.

Toronto District School Board chair Chris Bolton also wants to explore options to prevent similar accidents.

With files from 680News and CityNews.ca staff