UPDATE: Teen's Family Suing Toronto Police and the TTC
The family of a teen killed when he was hit by a bus near Woodbine Beach two years ago is suing police and the TTC for $2-million.
Alex Gillespie died when police had dispersed a crowd attending a music event. Gillespie ran across Lake Shore Blvd and was hit by a TTC bus.
The family says that documents they obtained through the Freedom of Information Act show the driver was going 57 km/h in a 50 km/h zone.
"If I was driving down there, if any person was driving down there into that situation where kids are running across the road, standing on the road, I would slow down," Alex's dad, Bill Gillespie, says. "I would be going 10, 20 [km/h]."
Bill says the accident could have been prevented if police had done their job properly.
"They didn't provide any traffic police on Lake Shore to make sure these kids could leave safely."
The family also says police should have been in communication with the TTC about dispersing the crowds, that there should have been more TTC buses available.
The lawsuit also questions the police investigation following the accident. The family says police failed to review the GPS evidence from the bus, failed to review video tape from all of the cameras on the bus, and failed to interview a witness who called the police repeatedly to pass along information.
Bill says the family spent 18 months going through documents and interviewing witnesses themselves.
"It's not an obsession, but it's very, very important," Bill says.
He says the fact that they lost their son overshadows everything else, but the family thinks this is not just about Alex.
"We think that we kind of owe it to the people of Toronto... since we've now discovered what these systemic problems are," Bill says.
He says he hopes the lawsuit will lead to changes within the police force and TTC, but he doesn't think it will give the family closure.
"There'll never be closure," Bill says. "People talk about stages of grieving. I haven't reached any stage that's different from the first day. And I can't imagine I ever will."