Woman dead, sister injured after being hit by SUV near Bremner and Spadina

A woman is dead and her sister is injured after they were struck by an SUV that jumped the curb near Bremner Boulevard and Spadina Avenue on Tuesday afternoon, paramedics said.

SUV accelerated and plowed into food vendor tent on Bremner killing woman, eyewitness said

A woman in her 30s is dead and another person suffered minor injuries after being struck by a car near Bremner Boulevard and Spadina Avenue, police said. (CBC News)

A woman is dead and her sister is injured after an SUV jumped the curb near Bremner Boulevard and Spadina Avenue and slammed into a food vendor's tent they were working in on Tuesday afternoon.

Const. Hugh.Smith of Toronto Police told CBC News the woman who died was 38. 

Her sister, who is 35, was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries, Smith said.

An eyewitness told CBC News that a black SUV travelling westbound on Bremner Boulevard near the Rogers Centre suddenly accelerated, veered off the street onto the sidewalk and plowed into the vendor's tent. 

Smith said the sisters are from Toronto and were vendors at a sidewalk bazaar which is located a few metres away from the sidewalk. 

The driver of the SUV, a 48-year-old woman from Mississauga, was taken to hospital suffering from shock, he said.

Mayor John Tory said he was saddened by the news of the woman's death, adding that he would renew his call to the provincial government to increase penalties "for those who kill or injure people while driving."

He said he would also ask Toronto police to step up their enforcement of distracted and dangerous driving. 

In a statement, Tory urged "drivers to slow down, stop aggressive behaviours and store their mobile devices. I would also ask cyclists and pedestrians to obey the rules of the road."

Investigators have not yet determined what caused the SUV to jump the curb.

Bremner was closed to traffic from Navy Wharf Court to Spadina but reopened five hours later.

A woman is dead after an SUV jumped the curb and hit a food vendor's tent Tuesday afternoon. (Mehrdad Nazarahari/CBC)
An eyewitness told CBC News that an SUV that was travelling westbound on Bremner Boulevard suddenly accelerated and drove into a tent where a vendor was selling food. (CBC News)