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Girl, 7, dies after being struck by minivan in Leaside

A seven-year-old girl has died after being struck by a minivan in Leaside.

Police were called to the scene at the intersection of McRae Drive and Millwood Road, east of Bayview Avenue, just after 4 p.m. Wednesday.

According to police, it appears that the minivan was attempting to make a right-hand turn onto Millwood when the girl was struck.

Paramedics say she suffered severe head trauma and was rushed to SickKids hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Const. Clint Stibbe said it is too early to determine the cause of the crash but that all factors are being considered.

“We are obviously looking at any possibility whether there was any mechanical issues or driver error,” he explained.

Stibbe added that it is not known if the girl was crossing the street at the time of the collision but she was alone at the time.

“The indications are that she was by herself but her mother was in the area,” he said.

Neighbours say with a park, a community centre and a church, the area is swarming with children but the increased traffic has made the area dangerous.

“This community has become a traffic nightmare because of all the commercial development that’s going on and it’s only going to get worse,” area resident Patrick Rocca told CityNews.

Roger Cattell said the increased traffic in the area had him so worried he wrote an email to Ward 25 councillor John Park in April saying there was the potential for injury to students walking to and from school.

“In that email I identified two intersections that were high risk,” said Cattell. “One at Millwood and McRae and one at Millwood and Hannah. And here we stand today with a young person, the same age as my daughter who’s been killed. I wish I’d done more.”

Police say the 50-year-old driver remained on scene and police say he is cooperating with the investigation. There has been no word on charges.

CORRECTION: Police originally identified the child’s age as eight.