Nov 29, 2019
By Jane Brown
The 77 year old woman killed in a hit and run collision while it was still dark on Thursday morning near Islington and Finch Avenues has been identified by friends and family as Pasquina Lapadula.
Toronto Police say it appears she was hit while crossing Islington at midblock.
The suspect vehicle was last seen headed north on Islington. It’s described as a dark coloured SUV with bright head lights and fog lights. It may have possible front end damage, specifically to a headlamp.
With all the talk about Toronto’s road safety initiative Vision Zero, Libby Znaimer asked former police officer and city councillor Jon Burnside on Zoomer Radio’s Fight Back, why it’s taking so long to see a reduction in pedestrian fatalities.
“Because in my opinion there are the four pillars, and the city ignored the one pillar which is enforcement. They need the political will to admit that enforcement is a key pillar of Vision Zero and without it, the whole thing falls apart,” Burnside replied. Listen to Libby’s entire conversation with Jon Burnside by clicking here.
Police Chief Mark Saunders has been given approval by the Toronto Police Services Board to launch a Vision Zero Enforcement Squad in January to crack down on aggressive drivers.
As of Friday, 33 pedestrians have been killed in crashes, one-third of them seniors.