Police seek help from public in probe of pedestrian death by streetcar

Police seek help from public in probe of pedestrian death by streetcar

Toronto police are seeking help from the public as they investigate a fatal streetcar accident last week that killed a man in Chinatown.

Police said the man, 65, a pedestrian, was struck by a streetcar on Spadina Avenue at Sullivan Street, north of Queen Street West, at 6:05 p.m. on Friday. 

The man suffered life-threatening injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said the TTC streetcar driver, a man, 43, was driving the vehicle southbound when "for reasons not yet determined," the pedestrian walked around a safety barrier and into the path of the vehicle.

Const. Craig Brister, spokesperson for the Toronto Police Service, said anyone who was in the area may have witnessed the fatal accident and that information that could be useful to police.

"Someone may have seen something and that information might help our investigation," he said.

The streetcar involved in the collision with a pedestrian was a 510 Spadina car. It was also a new streetcar.

The TTC said at the time that service was diverted for hours.

Anyone with information is asked to contact police at 416-808-1900, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).