Friday, May 04, 2007

Pedestrian Fatalities - SNAFU

TLC member April Severin has been pushing for action on the high number of pedestrian fatalities of late in Hamilton Ontario. In 1998 a Toronto inquest was held after two cycling fatalities and a list of recommendations were drawn up.

TLC would like to see root issues addressed and a coroners inquest might provide the most comprehensive approach, barring concerted and sustained action from the city.

Here is the response so far:

April 30, 2007

Dear Ms. Severin:

RE: Pedestrian Fatalities

Thank-you for advising me of your concerns regarding the deaths of pedestrians while crossing roads in Hamilton. At this point, no inquest has been called, but I can advise you that our office is investigating the deaths, and will call an inquest if the circumstances meet the legal test for a discretionary inquest, under Section 20 of the Coroners Act.

Thank-you again,

Yours sincerely,

David S. Eden. M.D.
Regional Supervising Coroner Niagara

cc: Dr. B. McLellan, Chief Coroner

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