Toronto - On Wednesday, September 19, 2007, at 1:06 p.m., a 66−year−old Toronto Police Service crossing guard was struck by a vehicle in the intersection of St. Clair Avenue East and Avoca Avenue.

It is reported that:

− The crossing guard was standing in the crosswalk on the south side of St. Clair Avenue, wearing a fluorescent vest and holding a large stop sign,
− She was assisting a woman with a child in a stroller to cross the street when she was struck.
− A woman in her early 70s, driving a late−model Pontiac Wave, was going west on St. Clair Avenue,
− She turned left to go south on Avoca Avenue when she struck the crossing guard,
− The crossing guard was carried on the hood of the car for several metres before falling off onto the roadway,
− This collision was a low−speed impact.

The crossing guard was taken to hospital where it was determined that she sustained serious but non−life−threatening injuries.

The driver of the Pontiac was not injured but she was also taken to hospital for examination.

Traffic Services is investigating the collision with the assistance of 53 Division.

Motorists are reminded that the summer vacation is over and there are many more pedestrians using city streets. Police are asking motorists and pedestrians to focus their attention to try and avoid being involved in any type of collision.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416−808−1900, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416−222−TIPS (8477), or online at www.222tips.com.