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City closes pathway connected to school where 11-year-old boy was struck, killed by vehicle

City closes pathway connected to school where 11-year-old boy was struck, killed by vehicle

 The city of Toronto temporarily closed a pathway near Kennedy Public School on Monday morning, where an 11-year-old boy was fatally struck by a vehicle last week.

Duncan Xu, who was in the sixth grade at the school, was struck while crossin the street near the intersection of Canongate Trail and Purcell Square, at around 3:30 p.m. last Tuesday.

He was taken to hospital, where he later succumbed to his injuries.

Xu and his family moved to Toronto from China last summer.

“The decision was made after the young boy was hurt tragically,” Ward 39 Coun. Jim Karygiannis told reporters Monday morning. “We all made a decision to close it [the pathway that connects the school to Purcell] temporarily until mitigating measures are put in place in order to address the situation.

“This is an area we have been working with parents for a long time in order to make sure the kids arrive home safe.”

The councillor said they had made the crescent — where the school is — a one-way in the morning and afternoon.

A Kiss ‘n’ Ride program was put in place to help students get safely from their parents’ vehicles to the schoolyard and a crossing guard keeps a watchful eye at one street corner.

“There’s no left turn, no right turn in front of the school,” he said. “Everybody has to go around en route to school to make sure the kids are safe.”

Karygiannis said he’s also been talking to Transportation Toronto to possibly put in a three-way stop, speed bumps or other mitigating measures in place.

Staff and students at Kennedy Public School are mourning the loss of 11-year-old Duncan Xu, who was on his way home when he was struck by a minivan.

Staff and students at Kennedy Public School are mourning the loss of 11-year-old Duncan Xu, who was on his way home when he was struck by a minivan.

“We’ve had speed bump conversations for the past three years, sent flyers to the neighbourhood, but the response was not great,” he said, adding they would need 75 per cent of the people in the area on board.

“Hopefully we get everybody on board in order to make sure that no accidents like this happen again.

“Every child has the right to go to school, every child has the right to get home safe and every parent has a right to make sure their kids come home.”