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Monday, April 01, 2013

Toronto Woman So Close To Loosing Life After Crash With Transport Truck In Toronto Makes Plea For Justice On Facebook

Toronto cyclist makes Facebook plea for witnesses after crash with transport truck

Lara Bastien's call for witnesses to her lunchtime bike accident with a tractor trailer at Toronto’s Queen St. W. and Bathurst St. last week has been shared almost 3,000 times.

The little red hand was flashing, but Lara Bastien thought she still had enough time to pedal across the busy downtown intersection.
At the same time, a tractor trailer started to turn left and its 18 wheels met Bastien’s two in the middle of the street with gory results.
She heard a crunch, felt a warm pain, and didn’t dare look.
“I just missed getting hit by the truck’s grill, but instead my leg and bike got caught on the far side,” she said.
She suffered a compound fracture to her lower leg, where the bones pushed through the skin and blood was everywhere.
The accident occurred at Queen St. W. and Bathurst St. on Thursday March 21 at lunch hour and she remembers hundreds of people gathering around.
Bastien went into shock and only remembers seeing the truck driver with his head in his hands looking on from the sidewalk.
She was rushed to Toronto Western Hospital, where she was given morphine and had a metal rod inserted into her leg. She’s now bedridden with a cast that runs from her ankle to her hip.
It was only days later that she realized she had never told the police her side of the story.
“I didn’t even know if (the police officer) talked to any witnesses,” she said. She tried to call the officer, but was told that he was on vacation. She tried again and still hasn’t been able to connect.
Bastien, who is an artist that goes by the name of Fox Xoft, decided to put up flyers asking for witnesses to come forward and it just seemed natural to put it up on Facebook as well.
“Luckily, Toronto Western has Wi-Fi,” she said.
Bastien says she’s normally a pretty private person, but thought her story needed to be shared.
“If someone’s driving an 18-wheeler, they should use lots of caution,” she said.
She hasn’t had any witnesses come forward yet, but hopes one will soon.
“I’m just interested in getting justice for myself — I was this close to losing my life.”
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