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TTC Speeds Up Review Of Bus, Streetcar Operators After 14-Year-Old Girl's Death

12/22/2014 01:31 EST | Updated 02/21/2015 05:59 EST
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The hat of a Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) supervisor is pictured in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, on Wednesday, July 13, 2011. The Toronto Transit Commission operates the fourth most heavily used transit system in the U.S. and Canada, serving over 2.5 million passengers daily in the Toronto metropolitan area. Photographer: Brent Lewin/Bloomberg via Getty Images
TORONTO - Toronto's transit authority will be speeding up its review of bus and streetcar operators following the death of a 14-year-old girl who was killed after being hit by a city bus.

Toronto Transit Commission CEO Andy Byford says the death of Amaria Diljohn has "shaken" his organization and he wants to assure everyone that safety is the TTC's top priority.

Byford says a review of TTC bus and streetcar operator recruitment, training, recertification and monitoring programs began several weeks ago after reports of transit vehicles disobeying red lights.

Diljohn's death has lead Byford to ask that the review be "accelerated."

Police say the teenager was crossing a street in the city's northwest on Friday night when she was struck by a TTC bus as it made a right turn.

She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police say the bus, which was being driven by a 27-year-old man, failed to remain at the scene of the collision.

The TTC says the driver has been interviewed by police and that the transit agency is co-operating with the investigation.