POLITICS

Toronto transit driver charged in December death of 14-year-old girl

03/20/2015 08:53 EDT | Updated 05/20/2015 05:59 EDT
TORONTO - A Toronto Transit Commission driver has been charged in connection with an accident last December that killed a 14-year-old girl.

Amaria Diljohn died when she was hit by a bus on Dec. 19 in the city's east end (at Neilson Rd. and Finch Ave. East).

Police say 28-year-old Dhanbir Shergill of Bowmanville, Ont., is charged with dangerous driving causing death and failing to stop at the scene of an accident.

Shergill appeared in court on Friday and was released on $10,000 bail and will be back in court on May 1.

Police said the girl was crossing a street when she was struck by a bus and died at the scene.

Days after the incident, the TTC said it would speed up a review of bus and streetcar operator recruitment, training and recertification.

Commission CEO Andy Byford said the death of Diljohn had "shaken" his organization and assured the public that safety is the TTC's top priority.

(The Canadian Press, CFRB)