Hamilton just had its 10th pedestrian death of 2022


Published May 5, 2022 at 4:24 pm

Main Street West and Locke Street in west end Hamilton. (Google Stret View.)

A woman in her 40s has died after being struck by a motorist, becoming the tenth pedestrian to perish in Hamilton since Jan. 1.

Emergency crews were called to the scene of the crash on Main Street West around 2:10 p.m. on Thursday (May 5). Photos show a significantly damaged four-door black sedan at the scene. Reports at multiple Hamilton media outlets indicated that the woman was the operator of a specialized transit bus from DARTS, the non-profit that provides specialized transit service in Hamilton.

The collision, which comes while roadway safety for pedestrians and cyclists is a major local political issue, has resulted in a closure on Main West Hamilton Police Service has closed the street between Dundurn and Locke Street and traffic is being rerouted. The ramp from eastbound Highway 403 to Main Street is also closed.

Morning and afternoon commuters heavily rely on the one-way street that runs in front of Hamilton City Hall. Urban planning critics have likened it to a highway extension that cuts through the city centre.

UPDATE: Main Street has reopened. So has the Highway 403 ramp.

Ten pedestrians in Hamilton have died in 11 major collisions this year. That includes a Janco Steel employee who was killed while at work last week.

This death comes three days after Ward 8 Coun. John-Paul Danko introduced a motion intended to speed up the process of reducing deaths on city roadways. Danko has said that the motion, introduced at the City of Hamilton public works committee, “is intended to focus the City of Hamilton Strategic Road Safety Committee to isolate specific dangers to vulnerable road users and determine & implement joint efforts for both traffic enforcement & preventative measures.”

The Hamilton Spectator was the first to report that the woman had died.

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