Teenager killed in ‘sensible’ Yonge-Richmond pedestrian accident identified as Kean McKenzie, 18

The teenager killed in a shocking rollover crashed into pedestrians in downtown Toronto on Christmas Day has been identified by the family as 18-year-old Kean McKenzie, a “wonderful” young man who is remembered for his kindness.

“Our family is deeply saddened by Kean’s death. We not only mourn the loss of a wonderful young man who was cut down in the best of his life, but the many contributions he would have made to this world with his kindness, generous spirit and intellect, “said his mother, Jodi. “He will be greatly missed by his family and many friends who share our disbelief that something so tragic has happened.”

McKenzie of Hamilton died at the hospital on Saturday, less than a week after he was hit by high light on Richmond Street West and Yonge Street.

According to police, the accident happened around 1 p.m. 14.00 when a male driver, 32, on his way west on Richmond turned over the 22-year-old male driver of a Kia driving in the same direction.

When the cars collided, the Kia rolled on its side and hit several pedestrians. Eight people were taken to hospital, two of them in life-threatening condition. Among the victims were two children with minor injuries.

“We hope that the meaningless way in which his life was taken from us will harden the determination of those in our legal system to see that all the victims receive true justice and that this serves as a reminder that we have a long way to go to ensure that pedestrians and cyclists are safe in our cities, ”said McKenzie’s mother.

The shocking crash was met with outcry by pedestrian safety advocates – who particularly criticized comments from Toronto police Const. Tony Macias, who urged pedestrians to “keep their eyes open” under one interview with CP24 shortly after the crash.

McKenzie’s family had established themselves a GoFundMe collection to help pay for McKenzie’s healing. As of Monday, the campaign had raised $ 55,000.

According to the site, McKenzie’s brother, Dylan, was also hit and was in serious condition, but has been feeling better since the last update. Their father, Sean, was also injured on the spot.

In 2021, 25 pedestrians lost their lives in Toronto as a result of traffic collisions, according to bydata.

Police said Sunday that the investigation is underway by members of the Traffic Service. Anyone with information or dash camera footage of the incident is asked to contact investigators.

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