Georgia Walsh: New safety measures could be coming to Leaside
New safety measures might be enforced following the death of the 7-year-old one month ago
It’s been one month since 7-year-old Georgia Walsh was fatally struck by a minivan in Leaside while walking and now several changes may be coming to the roads in the neighbourhood to prevent another similar tragedy.
Georgia was hit by the minivan in the Bayview Avenue and Millwood Road area on July 16. Her mother was nearby at the time.
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Paramedics had said she had suffered severe head trauma and life-threatening injuries. She was later pronounced dead at the Hospital for Sick Children.
She leaves behind her father, Conservative Party president John Walsh, mother Jillian and brothers Duncan, Liam and Finnian.
Police said the 50-year-old driver of a Toyota Sienna has been charged with failing to stop at a red light and careless driving.
Residents have complained about the high traffic in the area and now Coun John Parker said he has asked city staff about what safety measures can be improved in the area.
“Out of this the question that typically came forward is that ‘is there something we can do to make the street safer, make this intersection safer?’” Parker said.
“The one thing that we could do is that we can impose a right turn on red restriction on this intersection.”
He’s put forth the motion to council but because it is a TTC route the motion needs to go before full council for approval. Parker said that the TTC has already confirmed they support this measure.
Parker wants all of that fast-tracked so that changes are in effect by the time the new school year begins in September.
The community is also looking at speed limits and extra signage warning drivers to watch for children.
Parker added that he is also looking at making parking safer when parents pick up their children so that school children don’t have to cross the street.
A memorial can still be seen at the site of the accident.