TORONTO – A five-year-old girl who was struck and killed by a garbage truck last week will be remembered on Tuesday as protesters gather at City Hall to demand accountability.
Kayleigh Callaghan-Belanger died after she was hit at the corner of Cliffside and East Haven drives on Thursday.
Kayleigh was one of a group of four children walking home after school around 4 p.m. Two other children, ages six and 12, were hit and suffered non life-threatening injuries. The fourth child wasn’t hurt.
Residents say the neighbourhood, west of Kingston Road and Midland Avenue, lacks the proper signage to indicate it’s a school zone. Witnesses said the driver was travelling at a high rate of speed before the crash.
A protest was held at Toronto’s city hall at 3:45 p.m. Organizers, who are not affiliated with Kayleigh’s family, wrote on the group’s Facebook page that the city vehicle had no business being in the area at that time.
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Meanwhile, a service for Kayleigh will be held Tuesday at the McDougall & Brown Funeral Home at 2900 Kingston Rd., just east of St. Clair Avenue. Her funeral will be held on Wednesday at Immaculate Heart of Mary Roman Catholic Church on Birchmount Road.
Kayleigh leaves behind two sisters and a brother. Her mother is pregnant with a fourth sibling.
With files from CityNews.ca staff