WARMINGTON: Response to councillor's close call with driver 'upsetting'


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WARMINGTON: Response to councillor's close call with driver 'upsetting'
Joe Warmington
Published:
August 16, 2018
Updated:
August 16, 2018 6:01 PM EDT
Councillor Jon Burnside. (Dave Abel/Toronto Sun)
First one city councillor’s life was threatened on social media. Then a second councillor’s life could have been stolen by a suspected impaired driver.
Not exactly a benign Wednesday in the City of Toronto, which has been plagued with gun and road deaths.
What got a lot of coverage and police attention was an Instagram post suggesting Councillor Giorgio Mammoliti’s “brains” would be scattered across the city. What didn’t get any coverage or police attention was Councillor Jon Burnside almost being splattered all over a sidewalk in North Leaside.
“It sure was close,” Burnside told the Sun. “Too close.”
And not just for him but for his campaign volunteer Michelle Stewart. The two were on Laird Drive at Broadway Ave. when the incident occurred Wednesday afternoon.
“We were out campaigning when we stepped from the lawn of one home onto the sidewalk,” said Burnside. “A pickup truck zoomed by on the sidewalk and just about took both of us out.”
Tire tracks on the sidewalk after Councillor Jon Burnside said he had a close encounter with a truck while canvassing on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018. (Courtesy of Jon Burnside)
Burnside got up from the ground and quickly went over to see what was going on with the driver in a Chevy pickup.
“I smelled alcohol coming from the truck,” the former Toronto Police officer said. “The guy didn’t have much to say. From my experience, I noticed he seemed under the influence of alcohol and perhaps narcotics as well.”
With 911 called and the driver stopped, they just waited.
“We waited for a long time and no one ever came,” said Burnside.
Turns out 53 Division was so busy they could not respond to the call.
“It’s upsetting,” Burnside said. “This was a serious threat to us and to others on the road.”
After a period of time, the driver took off. The tire tracks from the close encounter were visible on the sidewalk.
“Somebody tried to follow him but he was gone,” the councillor said.
He and his volunteer were pretty shook up and angry. But not nearly as much as the volunteer’s husband.
”I am almost lost my wife,” an incensed James Stewart said.
He was angry at the driver but also that the police could not get out there to investigate.
“They want you to call them but when you do, they don’t even bother to come out,” he said.
Police say they received calls at 3pm reporting a black pickup truck mounting the sidewalk and almost hitting pedestrians, but weren’t able to dispatch units until an hour and 43 minutes later.
Indications from callers suggest the driver was slurring his words before fleeing the scene, police said.
When asked if police would be following up on the matter, “likely not” was the reply.
“We have pictures of this driver and of his vehicle and licence plate and no one has yet called us,” Stewart said Thursday morning. “This is a big concern.”
If you are going to have a city where police don’t respond to a photographer being assaulted, can’t get to a homicide scene in action or even after the murder happens, and now are not able to get to a potential impaired fail-to-remain that could have been a lot worse, there are problems.
If a city councillor can’t get the cops to come out when he was just about killed, who can?
jwarmington@postmedia.com
http://torontosun.com/news/local-new...iver-upsetting
 
Danbones
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plagued with gun and road deaths


yes, illegal ones

Quick! make more laws to inflict upon the not guilty.
 

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