A cyclist who died in Toronto on Monday after colliding with a truck has been identified as Jenna Morrison.
The 38-year-old was married with a young child and expecting another baby in the Spring. She lived in the west-end neighbourhood where she was killed. At the scene, a child’s bike trailer was fixed to Ms. Morrison’s bike and a youth bike helmet with a Spiderman design lay nearby. Police say she was riding alone.
Ms. Morrison was making a right turn from Sterling Road onto Dundas Street West when she was hit by a truck making the same turn. She was run over by the truck’s rear wheels and suffered massive head trauma. Police say she was wearing a helmet at the time of the incident. As of Tuesday, it was unknown whether the truck driver would be charged.
Ms. Morrison was a yoga instructor at Spiritwind Internal Arts in Toronto’s Kensington Market neighbourhood. According to her biography on the studio’s website, she was a Thai massage therapist and “spent her entire life dancing and learning different techniques including; classical ballet, highland Scottish dancing and modern dance.”
Dylan Kirk, owner of Spiritwind, created a Facebook memorial page for Ms. Morrison on Tuesday called “In Loving Memory of Jenna” where visitors began posting messages.
“An amazing, beautiful woman, mother, daughter and wife was tragically torn from our lives yesterday,” wrote Shanna Kelly. “It breaks my heart to know you are gone, but I hope you are dancing forever.”
Mourners also took to Twitter to share their grief.
“Jenna Morrison was such a kind woman. my heart goes out to her husband and kid,” tweeted one user.
“Her name was Jenna Morrison and I am honoured to have known her,” wrote another.
Mr. Kirk organized a vigil for Ms. Morrison at Spiritwind on Tuesday. Memorials are also being held Tuesday night at Renaissance Yoga studio and at Vidya Institute. Details of a vigil organized by Toronto’s Advocacy For Respect for Cyclists circulated through Twitter. Toronto cyclists are invited to meet at Bloor and Spadina at 7:30 a.m. on Nov. 14. The group plans to ride to the site of the accident.
On Tuesday, Ms. Morrison’s family asked that their privacy be respected as they “mourn the untimely and tragic loss of their loved one.” A statement about her death will be read on Wednesday morning at the corner of Sterling and Dundas Streets, where mourners have left flowers, candles, notes, and a “We (heart sign) Jenna” banner.
A trust fund has been set up in Ms. Morrison’s name with TD Canada Trust. Information on how to make donations has been posted to the memorial Facebook page.
Ms. Morrison’s death is the second cycling death in Toronto this year. In October, Ontario's chief coroner announced that a provincial investigation into cycling deaths would be launched.
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