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Police identify woman killed by garbage truck near Adelaide and York

A woman died after she was struck by a garbage truck in a laneway at the rear of a building near Adelaide and York streets on Jan. 15, 2019. CITYNEWS

Toronto police have released the identity of the woman who died after she was hit by a garbage truck in the city’s downtown core — in the hopes it will help them notify her family of her death.

Hang Vo, 58, of no fixed address, was hit at the rear of a building near Adelaide and York streets just before 6 a.m. on Tuesday.

Const. David Hopkinson said the woman was sleeping in the laneway at the time. It appears the truck was trying to reverse down the lane.

First responders tried to save Vo’s life but she was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said Vo was known to use various shelters across in the city.

Investigators have tried to contact her next of kin but have so far been unable to. They’re hoping that in releasing her name, someone will come forward.

Vo is described as five feet six inches tall, 120 pounds, with brown eyes.

A vigil was held for Vo on Thursday in the laneway where she died. Those who attended the vigil called for more safe and supportive housing for those living on the streets.

No charges have been laid against the 19-year-old driver of the garbage truck, who remained at the scene.