TORONTO – Toronto police said they are seeing a disturbing trend of senior pedestrian fatalities on city streets — one that police fear is only going to get worse.
According to police statistics, 15 of the 29 pedestrians who have died in traffic-related crashes this year are 65 and older.
Police said they expect this trend to continue because baby boomers are just reaching retirement years or late-working years. Moreover, police said twenty per cent of the population will be elderly by 2031.
Police said speed is not always as much a factor as frailty is when it comes to causing death. One of the possible reasons is that seniors take longer to cross the street, and a lot of times can’t make it across before the lights change.
Toronto police are expected to provide a more detailed news release in a couple of weeks.
The latest pedestrian fatality — the 29th of the year — occurred Tuesday evening. A man in his 80s died after being struck by a vehicle while crossing the street in Scarborough.
Overall, 47 people have died in traffic-related crashes in Toronto this year.