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Pedestrian Death Review Announcement

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Pedestrian Death Review Announcement

Dr. Andrew McCallum, Chief Coroner for Ontario is announcing that the Office of the Chief Coroner will be conducting a review into pedestrian deaths across the province. 

The review is being announced as the Toronto Police Service kicks off its "Step Up and Be Safe" campaign promoting pedestrian safety.

The review will be led by Dr. Bert Lauwers, Deputy Chief Coroner - Investigations. The purpose of the review is to identify common factors that have played a role in pedestrian deaths and where appropriate, make recommendations to prevent similar deaths in the future. Pedestrian fatalities that have occurred in 2010 will be the focus of the review which is anticipated to be complete in the spring of 2012. A report will be issued at its conclusion.

Members of the public are invited to offer comments or recommendations to the review panel before December 15, 2011, by writing to:

Dr. Bert Lauwers, Deputy Chief Coroner-Investigations
Office of the Chief Coroner
26 Grenville Street
Toronto ON M7A 2G7

Quick Facts

  • Approximately 113 pedestrians die on an annual basis in Ontario.

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“In addition to motorized and non-motorized vehicles, pedestrians are also users of our roadways and are particularly vulnerable. It is essential that we closely look at these deaths to find practical ways to ensure their safety.”

Dr. Andrew McCallum

Chief Coroner for Ontario

“The OPP looks forward to working with the Office of the Chief Coroner and our policing partners on this review to ensure that the roads and highways policed by the OPP are the safest they can be for pedestrians and all users.”

Chief Superintendent Don Bell

Commander of the OPP Highway Safety Division

“Every one of us is a pedestrian at one time or another. Through our "Step Up and Be Safe" campaign and through this review of pedestrian deaths by the Office of the Chief Coroner, we hope to heighten awareness of how to improve pedestrian safety.”

Superintendent Earl Witty

Toronto Police Service

Media Contacts

  • Dr. Bert Lauwers

    Deputy Chief Coroner


  • PC Hugh Smith (6974),

    Toronto Police Traffic Services - Communications Office


  • Chris Whaley

    Staff Sergeant, Highway Safety Division, OPP




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