A video of a pedestrian causing a Toronto highway collision this weekend now has police clapping back online. In the brief clip, which was shared on YouTube on January 12, 2020, a man, who the driver said was also involved in a separate collision, is seen casually strolling from the barrier to the shoulder on Highway 427, where two other men are talking, and a parked car is seen.
Dashcam footage shows a driver’s vehicle approaching the scene when the pedestrian suddenly pops into view, forcing the driver to slam on the brakes and be rear-ended.
Wayne Edward, the driver, later told CTV that he had been travelling in the collector lane just south of Burnhamthorpe Road around 3:00 p.m. on Sunday when the man suddenly ran onto the highway.
"There was a collision on 427 northbound collectors just south of Burnhamthorpe, this idiot pedestrian crossed the highway, I stop to avoid running him down, and BAM, I get slammed into by a Porsche SUV, likely causing it to be written off! It turns out the pedestrian was from the original collision and crossed the highway to talk with the other driver," Edwards said about the incident in the description of his YouTube post.
Sgt. Kerry Schmidt of the OPP later shared his own video on Twitter in which he discussed the incident.
He also confirmed that charges might be laid against the pedestrian. However, it is uncertain at the moment what he will face.
If you are in a collision, stay in your car, do not risk injury as a pedestrian, and get off the hwy as fast as you… https://t.co/2ZFnpqagss— OPP Highway Safety Division (@OPP Highway Safety Division)1578948327.0
“We’ve seen incidents of vehicles involved in very minor crashes where they move off to the shoulder, they get out of their vehicles and begin making a scene," Schmidt said.
"They become pedestrians and cause a lot of distractions and a lot of risks to themselves and other motorists because drivers become shocked by what they are seeing and slow down, and as a result, we have secondary crashes that happen.”
This is what that pedestrian causes. https://t.co/TSlpClyDAo— Wayne Edward (@Wayne Edward)1578894645.0
Schmidt then reminds drivers of the importance of staying on the left side of the highway if you are in an accident.
“If you’re in a crash and you crash your car, and you’re on the left side of the highway, and you want to get to the other side, you don’t become a pedestrian and walk across. He is lucky he’s alive,” he added.
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