NEWS July 17th, 2014

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7-year-old killed in Leaside intersection

Local girl hit by vehicle at Millwood and McRae

A 7-year-old girl has died after being hit by a vehicle on Millwood Road at McRae Drive in Leaside yesterday afternoon.

The girl has been identified as Georgia Walsh, daughter of Conservative Party president John Walsh, whose family lives in the Don Valley West riding that covers much of Leaside.

Police report a man, 50, drove a 1998 Toyota Sienna Minivan south on McRae at about 4 p.m. and was making a right turn onto Millwood, when the girl was struck by the vehicle.

Police would not say how the girl came to be in the intersection, except to say she was alone at the time. Within a few hundred feet of the busy intersection are Trace Manes Park, a playground, tennis courts, a library and a church with a daycare program.

The girl’s mother was nearby and arrived at the scene shortly after the accident, said police constable Clint Stibbe, who was still posted at the scene at 11 a.m. today.

Emergency services responded “extremely fast” and the girl was rushed to hospital where she died, Stibbe said.

No charges against the driver are being considered yet, as the incident is still being investigated.

Early media reports that police were treating the incident as a hit-and-run were incorrect, Stibbe said. He said the driver remained on the scene but was asked to move his vehicle further down the road, which led some observers to think the vehicle had left the scene.

The driver appeared “emotionally devastated,” Stibbe said.

Local residents have complained about vehicles speeding on Millwood, which has a 40-k/h limit, but speed did not seem to be an issue in this accident as the girl’s body appeared not to have been thrown, Stibbe said, although he cautioned we would have to wait for an autopsy before the cause of death is determined.

A makeshift memorial has been created on the northwest corner of the intersection closest to the accident and people have been visiting the site the following day, along with about a dozen media vehicles and reporters who seemed to be camped out at the site.