A Toronto woman is the city's first victim of super storm Sandy, after high winds blew a large Staples sign away, striking her in the head. The woman, believed to be in her 50's, was walking home on Monday evening, when she was killed.
Reports say she went to buy supplies to prepare for the storm's arrival when the accident occurred.
Police were called at about 7 p.m. to a plaza at St. Clair Ave W. and Keele St.and found the woman laying on the ground. She died on scene, after paramedics tried to revive her, but succumbed to injuries. Her name has not been revealed by request of the family.
So far, no criminal charges have been filed against Staples, although some who live and work nearby believe the retailer was aware of the loose sign.
“It’s unfortunate,” Gaurav Sawhney told The Sun. “Timing’s a weird thing. It really sucks for the family who has to deal with it. It’s random and I have high doubts (Staples) was chintzy on the quality of the signage. Those things cost a ton of money and it’s what happens over time.”
Nina Sampat. Staples' national director of operations said the sign was maintained regularly and that the retailer is doing what it can to cooperate with the police investigation. Sampat also expressed deep sympathies to the victim's family and loved ones.
As Sandy's winds lessen, Toronto Police Const. Wendy Drummond said people should be aware of falling branches, hydro wires or other debris.