Tragedy struck earlier this week in Toronto when a five-year-old girl who survived cancer was struck by an empty SUV that rolled down the street. Camila de Almeida Torcato was hit by the driverless vehicle while she was getting picked up from school by her father.
Her father, who was also struck by the rolling vehicle, did not sustain life-threatening injuries.
Despite being rushed to Sick Kids Hospital with critical injuries, the young girl later succumbed to her injuries.
Camila was a five-year-old cancer survivor who was a senior kindergarten student at St. Raphael Catholic School in North York. She was diagnosed with cancer at the tender age of three.
At the time of her passing, she was still in remission from a tumor that was removed from her kidney.
It was around 3:20 pm in the afternoon when she was leaving school with her father and was about to enter into their parked Mercedes-Benz SUV when tragedy struck. As the pair were about to enter the vehicle, a rolling Hyundai Sante Fe SUV, with no driver in it, rolled towards them and pinned them both to their own vehicle.
According to a report from CTV Toronto, a mother had parked her Hyundai up the street in order to walk across and pick up her children from the school. It is unclear at this time whether it was a mechanical problem or a gear not being engaged that was the cause of the car rolling.
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