Georgia Walsh, daughter of Conservative president John Walsh, dies after hit by van
John Walsh, family say 7-year-old 'taken from them suddenly in an accident' in Toronto
The seven-year-old who died after being struck by a minivan Wednesday afternoon while walking in Toronto was the daughter of John Walsh, president of the Conservative Party of Canada.
It was earlier reported that a girl had been hit by a vehicle, and the family has now confirmed it was Georgia Walsh.
“The Walsh family; John, Jillian, Duncan, Liam and Finn are saddened to inform you that their beautiful daughter and wonderful sister Georgia has passed,” the family said in a release.
“Taken from them suddenly in an accident today, the family asks that they be given their space and privacy to come to terms with this incredible loss. Your prayers are appreciated.”
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Around 4 p.m. ET Tuesday, Georgia Walsh was hit by the minivan in the Bayview Avenue and Millwood Road area, in Toronto's Leaside neighbourhood.
Paramedics initially reported the girl had suffered severe head trauma and she had life-threatening injuries. She was later pronounced dead at the Hospital for Sick Children.
A 50-year-old man driving a minivan southbound on McRae Drive had made a right turn to go westbound on Millwood Road when the child was hit.
Const. Clint Stibbe said the girl was alone at the time, but her mother "was in the area."
No charges have been laid, but police said investigators have spoken with the driver and are still working to determine the cause of accident.
Police are now reconstructing the scene and asking the public for assistance. Stibbe cautions against presumptions that speed was a factor.
"We can't make an assumption that the vehicle either made a mistake or the individual made a mistake," said Stibbe.
Lane restrictions on Eglinton Avenue have made more drivers take McCrae Road, according to some residents.
“It’s crazy. Everyone’s zipping through the lights, trying to bypass and get going on the way,” said Melissa Gracey.
Nikki and Michelle Flowerday, who live on McCrae Road, agree that the volume of cars and the speed have both increased.
"[They should] put one of those neon 'watch out children playing' signs," said Nikki Flowerday. "I'm going to put one of them out on my driveway...reminding people that you need to slow down."
Coun. John Parker expressed his condolences.
“We will find out what happened and how it happened, and right now our thoughts are with the family,” he said.