The beginning of the school year turned tragic in Toronto on Tuesday after a young girl was killed in a vehicle accident outside a north-end middle school.
Toronto Police confirmed that the girl has been declared dead after being struck at the intersection of Sentinel Road and Lamberton Boulevard, near Elia Middle School and a short distance from CW Jefferys High School.
It has not been confirmed whether the child is a student at either of the schools.
The National Post reports the child was hit by a dump truck.
Tuesday marks a return to class for students across the Toronto area. Thousands of students are expected to make their way to classes, often at new schools and in unfamiliar neighbourhoods.
@ scene of fatality at Sentinel/Lamberton 14 y.o girl hit by truck. A tragic way to begin a school year. Our prayers are with the family.
— Clint Stibbe (@TrafficServices) September 3, 2013
Toronto Police have launched a campaign warning drivers to watch for distracted children.
A two-week blitz began today targeting drivers who "blatantly and carelessly put children at risk as a result of their poor driving habits."
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