At just five years old, Camila Torcato had already beaten cancer and was returning to school after going through chemotherapy. A terrible tragedy struck on Monday, January 15, however, when an empty SUV in a Toronto School parking lot rolled into Camila, pinning her against her family's car and killing her.
Her family is beyond devastated.
“She was a very sweet girl, shy, but very sweet; my mind is filled with her memories." Camila Torcato, 5-year-old killed in pick-up zone after school Monday, had recently completed chemotherapy. Story from @MiriamKatawazi & @tamarmharris https://t.co/aI7Rawbzt4— Wendy Gillis (@wendygillis) January 17, 2018
An investigation into the incident is ongoing.
An impromptu memorial has been set up outside the school near the spot where Camila died.
A GoFundMe campaign is collecting donations to help support Camila's family.
The accident has prompted a dialogue about school safety.
What happened to Camila Torcato was a freak accident, but the conditions that created the opportunity for it to happen are caused by parents, every time we choose to drive our kids to school rather than walking them there, writes @thekeenanwire https://t.co/9oDFm6LI9L— TorontoStar (@TorontoStar) January 17, 2018
The empty car that killed Camila was parked illegally before it rolled, but it wasn't the only threat to children's safety.
There could be some easy ways to improve the situation.
Twitter sees the need for change:
Much to her credit, she remained very calm and just focused on getting our son home safe. I would have lost my shit completely. I'm not saying it's the right thing to do, especially in front of my kid, but I know myself.— Joshua Hind (@joshuahind) January 17, 2018
This is an urgent *national* public policy issue. I agree with most of what the author says; my quibble (maybe this is less an issue in a high-density city like TO) is that the consolidation of bigger, central schools and closure of small, local schools in smaller cities...1/2 https://t.co/51UmhhXaiF— the horrid Discord of jingling Rhyme (@MartinAinsley) January 17, 2018
...has created a situation where large numbers of students live beyond walking distance and have to be bussed or driven. My kids attend a middle school of about 800 students with something like ten school buses in and out every day (not to mention all the cars). It's chaos. 2/2— the horrid Discord of jingling Rhyme (@MartinAinsley) January 17, 2018
One way or another, we must work to avoid this happening again. Camila had already been through so much when her life was taken from her.
Perhaps her death with save other children.
Rest In Peace Camila de Almeida. I can’t even imagine what this family is going through. Such a horrible tragedy. So heartbreaking.— Gerry Dee (@gerrydee) January 17, 2018