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Wednesday, March 13, 2013

What does the City of Toronto do to protect our kids in school zones, In Kayleigh's case? Nothing


Kayleigh's grandfather wants garbage truck driver to 'come forward' 

TORONTO - The grief-stricken grandfather of a little girl 
killed by a garbage truck lashed out at its driver Tuesday, 
suggesting he "come forward" to explain what happened.
Jim Patton told the Toronto Sun outside a Scarborough 
funeral home that he has many questions as to how his five-
year-old step-granddaughter, Kayleigh Callaghan-Belanger, 
ended up under the wheels of a City of Toronto garbage 
truck last Thursday as she was being walked home from 
school.
The truck hit Kayleigh and two other kids after they stepped 
off the curb of East Haven Dr. going westbound across 
Cliffside Dr. in the Kingston Rd. and Danforth Ave. area.
The truck, also going westbound on East Haven Dr., was 
making a left turn onto Cliffside when it hit Kayleigh.
The other two kids, a 13-year-old girl and her five-year-old 
brother, suffered non-life-threatening injuries and were 
released from hospital.
The teen had been escorting her brother and Kayleigh home 
from nearby Cliffside Drive Public School.
Patton, who was at the McDougall and Brown funeral home 
for Kayleigh's viewing, called on the driver of the garbage 
truck to account for the accident.
"Maybe he could be of help by stepping forward and telling 
the truth," said Patton. "There were over 130 kids outside 
that school when the accident occurred. Where were his 
eyes? What was he looking at?
"What was he doing the 30 seconds before he ran them 
over?"
When asked if the family is considering legal action, Patton 
said that wouldn't be addressed until after the girl's funeral 
on Wednesday.
"We're just trying to bury Kayleigh right now," he said. 
"Come Wednesday afternoon, I'll sit down with my family 
and decide where to go from here."
On Monday, Kayleigh's mom, Jessica Belanger, and the 
mother of the two other children struck, stood in front of the 
makeshift memorial that marks where Kayleigh was killed 
and talked of excessive speed long being a hazard in that 
neighbourhood, particularly when it comes to garbage 
trucks.
Area resident Joanne Scourakis claims to have circulated 
two petitions in the area over the last two years, urging 
municipal officials to slow the local traffic.
Scourakis said the petitions currently sit on the desk of ward 
Councillor Gary Crawford, but that bureaucratic red tape has 
slowed the process of change.
Crawford was out of town and unavailable for comment on 
Tuesday, but spokesman Ray Chan issued a statement from 
the councillor.
In it, Crawford says the petitions asked for speed bumps to 
be installed in the area but that the neighbourhood did not 
qualify for them.
He went on to offer his condolences to Kayleigh's family, 
and called on Toronto's "Transportation Services Division (to) 
investigate the Cliffside Dr. and East Haven Dr. intersection" 
and conduct a safety review.
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