London woman, Maria Litsas, killed while on way to workplace

A London woman was on her way to work when she was fatally struck by two vehicles while crossing Wharncliffe Road last week.

Maria Litsas was a longtime employee at the cafeteria in the Union Gas London office on 109 Commissioners Rd. W. - writes

The 68-year-old had just stepped off a London Transit bus on the west side of Wharncliffe Road, just north of Commissioners Road, and was crossing the street when she was struck by two vehicles at 6:45 a.m. last Wednesday.

Litsas was a passenger aboard a northbound Jalna bus and had gotten off with a group of other riders, LTC general manager Kelly Paleczny confirmed Monday.

Union Gas spokesperson Andrea Stass said Litsas was coming to work on the morning she died.

“She was well known and well liked at Union Gas,” Stass said of the longtime employee at Gus’s, a food vendor in the energy company’s building. “We’re very saddened for the loss for her family and friends.”

Litsas had four grown children — two sons and two daughters — and had lived in a single-storey house on Country Club Crescent for more than 25 years, neighbours said.

Known for chatting with fellow passengers, Litsas was a familiar face on the Jalna bus route.

“I was always so happy to see your bright smile on the bus,” fellow passenger Darryl Kirkland wrote on an online condolence page for Litsas.

Police are still investigating the crash, the city’s first fatal collision involving a pedestrian this year.

Litsas was crossing to the west side of Wharncliffe Road at a spot where there’s no traffic lights or crosswalk. It was dark and rainy at the time of the collision.

Both vehicles that struck Litsas remained at the scene. She was pronounced dead at the hospital.

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