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Elderly woman dead after being hit by vehicles in Scarborough

Last Updated Aug 21, 2019 at 2:22 pm EDT

An elderly woman is dead after being struck by two vehicles while crossing at the intersection of Midland Avenue and Sheppard Avenue in Scarborough. TPS

An woman in her 70s was struck by at least two vehicles and killed while crossing a street in Scarborough.

Police say around 11:30 a.m. the woman was on the southwest corner of the intersection of Midland and Sheppard avenues attempting to cross from west to east when she was struck by a fuel-type truck which was heading eastbound on Sheppard and turning onto Midland.

Police say the woman was knocked to the ground and fell under the rear wheels of the truck, which continued on and did not stop.

Several minutes later, a car believed to be a white Honda civic then struck the woman as she was lying on the roadway. The driver of the vehicle, described by witnesses as a young, brown male, got out of the car, looked around and then got back into the car and drove off.

“This is a very gruesome scene,” said Sgt. Brett Moore, who appealed to the driver of the car to come forward.

“There’s a bit of a social contract on our roads. We know collisions are going to happen and things like this, unfortunately, still happen. But the social contact is you stick around, you don’t take off.”

Police suspect the truck driver may not have even realized that he struck the woman.

“We have seen this situation before, these are big vehicles, there are sightline issues,” said Moore, who noted most of these types of truck carry GPS information with them. “We’re working towards identifying the vehicle, we have some leads that we’re working on.”

Police are also asking anyone with information or dash cam video that may have been in the area at the time of the accident to contact them.