A family devastated by a collision one week ago is speaking out about pedestrian safety.
Simona Rotariu, 38, was crossing Cawthra Road, south of Burnhamthorpe Road, with her nine-year-old son on Nov. 14 when they were struck by a van.
Paramedics pronounced the mother of three dead at the scene. The boy was treated in hospital for non-life-threatening injuries.
Her husband, Marius Rotariu, told CityNews Simona and their son were struck while returning home from a trip to the mailbox across the street and standing in the turning lane in the middle of the road.
“They went outside to the mailbox to drop some letters (off),” he explained. “When they returned they were hit by that van in the middle of the road, just standing there waiting for the traffic to pass.”
Rotariu believes his wife may have sacrificed herself to save their son.
“She was the first person hit by that van and after that my son was probably hit and thrown,” he said. “That’s what happened and why my son is still alive now.”
Rotariu said his son has no memory of the tragic incident.
“When I asked him what happened he said he didn’t remember what happened from the moment they passed the street and the moment he woke up on the hospital bed.”
People that live nearby say pedestrians crossing the street mid-block is a common sight because there is a full kilometre between traffic lights. Some say they would like the city to install a crosswalk in the area to prevent these kinds of deaths in the future.
“They should check how many accidents happen here. They should find a solution,” Rotariu said. “Maybe put some lights… to be safer roads for pedestrians.”
Investigators are appealing for witnesses who may have seen the collision or the actions of the pedestrian and the driver prior to the incident.
So far no charges have been laid.