Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Toronto Transit Commission offers to pay funeral of girl killed by its bus

Amaria Diljohn, 14, was killed Dec. 19, 2014 after being struck by a TTC bus at the corner of Finch Ave. and Neilson Rd.
Torstar News Service
The Toronto Transit Commission has offered $20,000 to help pay for the funeral of Amaria Diljohn, the 14-year-old girl killed by one of its buses on Dec. 19.

TTC spokesman Brad Ross confirmed Wednesday that CEO Andy Byford had authorized the offer, which was made privately to the family on Dec. 23.

“It’s the right thing to do,” Ross said. “It clearly was a TTC bus (that struck Diljohn) and we know the family’s having financial troubles paying for the funeral.”

Diljohn’s family had set up a trust account to accept donations to help pay for her funeral.

Ross said that offers to pay for funerals have been made to other families in the past.

“It’s not something we publicize,” Ross said. “It’s done privately.”

Ross could not confirm if the family had responded to the offer.

Ross said the 27-year-old driver of the bus is still employed by the TTC but is not driving.

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