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In the past 18 months, about 800 pedestrians were injured and more than 150 people have been killed by homicidal drivers. These massacres started in July 2016 in Nice, France when a truck struck a crowd, killing 86 people. Other deliberate collisions have occurred in Berlin, Melbourne, Stockholm, Paris, London, Barcelona and New York City. The most recent tragedy happened on Monday April 23, 2018, after a driver of a white van plowed into several pedestrians who were walking on the sidewalk near the busy intersection of Yonge Street and Finch Avenue in Ontario, Canada. Alek Minassian, the suspected driver, is 25 years old and from Richmond Hill, Ontario. He was driving a white rental van when he was arrested about thirty minutes after police received the 911 calls. The collision injured fifteen people total and took the lives of ten.

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There were several witnesses on site who saw the collision happen. Some saw the suspected driver actually speeding on the sidewalk and striking the people who were in his path. Others saw the destruction of the aftermath, including many bodies on the ground with several injuries and car debris scattered at the scene. Bersat Noorai, the manager of a nearby restaurant, Taftan Kebab, was one of the witnesses who saw the initial accident. Noorai said he saw the van hit the bench located in front of his restaurant, which is why he ran outside and then saw a couple of people injured on the ground. He brought one of the people, who seemed to be in his early twenties, a towel and water because he saw that he was losing a lot of blood and then proceeded to call 911. A lot of the witnesses, who saw the incident unfold, claimed that the driver deliberately hit the victims, making the collision ten times more devastating.

Everyone should be able to feel safe walking in their own cities and communities, instead of having to fear a tragic incident like this. However, terrible things happen to good people. This is a time when communities should come together and send their thoughts and prayers to those who were injured and to the families of those affected. The Canadian community showed their love through their sports teams, who showed their support for the victims at their games. The Toronto Maple Leafs gave a moment of silence for the several victims and the lives lost before their Stanley Cup Playoff game, while the Toronto FC soccer team tweeted, “Although we are far from home, our hearts and minds are back in Toronto with those affected by today’s tragic events.”

The Xavier community can offer the same love by being men and women with and for others and sending our thoughts and prayers to all those who were affected by this terrible tragedy.

Works Cited:

Brian Jenkins. “Navigating the Latest Terrorism Trend.” U.S. News & World Report, U.S. News & World Report, 15 Dec. 2017, www.usnews.com/opinion/world-report/articles/2017-12-15/2017-saw-boom-in-use-of-vehicles-in-terrorist-attacks.

Levenson, Eric. “A Van Speeds across Toronto Sidewalks, Leaving 10 Pedestrians Dead.” CNN, Cable News Network, 24 Apr. 2018, www.cnn.com/2018/04/23/world/toronto-collision-pedestrians/index.html.

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Alahna is currently a Senior and a Staff Writer for The Examiner. Fun Fact: She loves to stargaze.
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