West-end residents call for traffic light after fatal crash

The early morning crash of a car into a west-end apartment building has killed one man and left residents calling for action.

Neighbour describes 'mind-bogglingly horrendous bang' as car hits building near Jane and Bloor

Police say speed was a factor in an early morning crash that sent a car into a west-end apartment building, killing one passenger. The driver is still in hospital. (Mehrdad Nazarahari/CBC)

The early morning crash of a car into a west-end apartment building has killed one man and left residents calling for action. 

A speeding vehicle crashed into the low-rise building near Jane Street and Humberview Road, north of Bloor Street West, at about 4 a.m. Saturday. 

"It was this mind-bogglingly horrendous bang," said resident Karen Parsons, who lives across the street, while cleaning up the remains of the car engine that landed outside her door. 

A 23-year-old passenger was killed and the 22-year-old driver is still in Sunnybrook Hospital. 

No one inside the building was injured, but it will now, likely, need to be torn down. 

Police evacuated the dwelling and the adjoining semi-detached house after the crash.

Speeding in the streets

Residents say they're tired of the speeding in the neighbourhood, and that they don't even feel safe in their homes.

They say drivers often blow past the 50 km/h speed limit and lose control. Some have ended up on lawns or have clipped parked cars. 

Some say it was only a matter of time before something like this happened.

"This is the second time, I would say, in six months that someone has had an accident here," said Anastasia Wowk, adding that both those accidents damaged her husband's truck. 

"We're so grateful that my husband wasn't coming out of the car at the time. Or that none of us were on the street at the time but it can happen any time of the day." 

A 23-year-old man, a passenger, is dead and a 22-year-old man, a driver, is injured after a car hit a house early this morning. (Derek Drewry)

That stretch of Jane — from Bloor up to Ardagh Street — is a little less than one kilometre long and has no traffic lights, though there are two lighted crosswalks. 

Residents want the city to add a traffic light.

But Coun. Sara Doucette says that requires at least a year of research and planning and might not offer the return they're hoping for. 

"To be honest, the biggest problem that we have is drivers do not obey the rules of the road," Doucette told CBC News. 

"We can put up as many signs and signals as we want but it's the drivers who have to abide by them. 

She says she's not shutting down the idea, but wants more research first.

Doucette is promising to ask police to conduct a traffic blitz in the area in the meantime. 

Police say speed was a factor in the crash and are investigating whether alcohol was also a factor. 

The area around Jane and Humberview was closed for several hours for the investigation. 

Toronto police evacuated two semi-detached homes today after a car smashed into one of them. (Derek Drewry)


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