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Ontario man hit and killed while changing tire

A Toronto man was struck and killed as he tried to change a tire on southbound Highway 400 on March 6. The accident occurred near the road's junction with Highway 401 shortly after 3 a.m.

The Ontario Provincial Police said the 48-year-old victim moved his car completely off the highway and turned on the vehicle's flashing hazard lights before exiting on the driver's side to change a tire. However, a car apparently veered onto the shoulder of the road and hit him. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash. The driver who struck him suffered minor injuries and was transported to hospital.

Authorities shut down southbound Highway 400 near Black Creek Drive for several hours to investigate and clear the scene. Police advised drivers with disabled vehicles to move as far as possible from fast-moving traffic before exiting the vehicle or call 911 for assistance.

A fatal pedestrian accident like this one is often caused by driver negligence. If a driver is impaired, distracted or texting and driving, they are in danger of drifting from their lane and striking other people or vehicles. If a police investigation determines that a negligent driver caused a pedestrian's death, the victim's next of kin may wish to speak with a personal injury lawyer about their legal options. After reviewing the details of the case, a legal professional may recommend filing a civil wrongful death claim against the driver who caused the accident. While a lawsuit cannot bring a loved one back, it may provide needed financial assistance to help with funeral and burial costs, loss of income, property loss and other damages.

Source: blackburnnews.com, "Man struck, killed changing tire on Hwy 400," March 6, 2015

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