The woman who was struck and killed by a cement truck on Tuesday morning in midtown Toronto has been identified as 54-year-old Evangeline Lauroza.
A small vigil took place Wednesday night near where she was killed. Lauroza died while trying to cross Eskine Avenue, near Yonge Street and Eglinton Avenue.
Friends and community members identified Lauroza at the vigil, and described her as happy, straightforward and a good leader.
Her friends said she moved to Toronto from the Philippines with her sister. Larouza was not married and had no children, they said.
In the wake of the crash, three councillors are now calling on the city to improve pedestrian safety immediately around all major construction sites.
Councillors Mike Colle, Jaye Robinson and Josh Matlow attended the vigil. Colle is asking for a pause in development in the neighbourhood until roads in the area are made safe for pedestrians.
“That’s the second death by a construction truck since January in my area. It is time for a pause in development in the Yonge-Eglinton area, which is being overwhelmed by heavy construction vehicles,” Colle said in a news release on Wednesday. “We need a pause.”
He said council must address the “incredible growing number of traffic safety issues” that have arisen from condo development in general and the building of the Eglinton Crosstown in particular.
Colle is asking council to adopt the following five measures:
- Develop a traffic and pedestrian safety plan for major construction sites before city development approvals.
- Immediately provide “safe city” driving training for all heavy construction truck drivers.
- Hire full-time pedestrian crossing guards on the site of at all major construction projects and have those guards paid for by developers.
- Install full-time crossing personnel at all intersections on Yonge Street, from Castlefield Avenue to the Kay Gardiner Beltline, and have that staff paid for by developers.
- Immediately Implement a construction traffic safety management plan for the Yonge-Eglinton area.
Sgt. Ron Gardner, of Toronto police’s traffic services, said investigators are continuing to call for witnesses to come forward.
“No charges have been laid at this point, but it’s still being investigated,” Gardner said.
Gardner said the cement truck driver was taken to hospital to be treated for shock after Lauroza’s death.
Residents, business owners and drivers who may have security or dashboard camera footage of the area or collision are urged to call police.