Hit and Run
At about a quarter past 8 p.m. on Tuesday evening, June 2 2009, two police officers on bike patrol in the downtown core tried to pull over a black Chevrolet Trailblazer SUV for making an illegal turn at the Yonge Street and Queen Street intersection.
The SUV bolted west on Queen Street approaching highway speeds. The SUV blew through red lights at Bay Street and York Street. Reaching the Queen Street and University Avenue intersection, the black SUV ran through a thrid red light and crashed into two compact cars and ultimately into a streetcar shelter.
A woman was pinned in between the front grill of the stolen Chevrolet Trailblazer, a steel utility pole and the large metal traffic signal light box. Beneath the twisted metal and shattered glass, only her legs were visible.
Queen & University Intersection
The intersection was filled with pedestrians. Eyewitness Jason Ellis was on the northeast corner of the intersection and told The Star, "There were tonnes of people everywhere; there were lots of cars going back and forth and there were tonnes of people crossing, it could have been anybody that got hit; it could have been me, it could have been anybody. It was pretty busy."
After smashing into two vehicles, the black SUV jumped the curb and crashed into the streetcar/bus shelter.
A traffic light standard was knocked over and the electrical box was shattered.
Sgt. Tim Burrows of Traffic Services told The Star, "This [crash] is indicative of any collision where we see speed involved, this is what we talk about when we say speed creates catastrophe and why we ask everybody to slow down and be alert."
According to Sgt. Burrows, "the brains of the traffic control system...at (the) intersection" is the traffic light signal box. Consequently, the intersection will remain closed all night and could disrupt the morning commute in the Downtown Core.
witnesses told PostedToronto, the three male occupants from the SUV took off on foot, but police reportedly arrested one man in his early-20s within 20 minutes in the Duncan Street and Richmond Street West area.
cp24 reported on air that the black SUV may have been involved in some sort of robbery from the Niagara area.
Streets Closed Overnight by Police for Criminal Investigation
8:10 a.m.: Use caution thru Queen/University police on point duty while traffic signals are repaired. Eastbound curb lane on Queen closed. No ETA for repairs. - Twitter.com/TrafficServices
- Queen Street from Simcoe Street to York Street
- University Avenue from Richmond Street to Queen Street
Main Stream Media (MSM) Coverage
- VIDEO: Three in custody after alleged hit and run - CityNews
- Five Hurt After Speeding Car Hits Bus Shelter At University Near Queen - CityNews
- Up to three arrests made after SUV hits bus shelter - cp24
- Downtown Collision - am640
- Four in hospital after SUV hits TTC shelter - TheStar
- Woman pinned after SUV crashes into TTC shelter: witness - CBC
- Three arrested, four injured in serious crash, SUV collides with two cars, hits bus shelter after police chase - The Globe and Mail
- SIU investigates University & Queen crash - CFRB
- University-Queen reopens after SUV crash - TheStar