On Thursday night, Toronto mom Crystal Hogg died as she shielded her six-year-old daughter while being mowed down by a van while walking with her.
She was in the crosswalk at Avenue Road and Erin Mills Parkway when she was struck by a white Toyota Yaris.
Hogg was seven months pregnant and was able to throw herself on top of her daughter Jadianna to shield her from being struck.
“I don’t think she had any idea that it was going to happen,” Hogg’s mom Marcia said. “She loved her daughter. I think she’s in a better place now.”
Jadianna’s twin brother, Brayden, was her godson.
“I just miss her,” her older brother, Christopher, said. “She was the best mom.”
Crystal Hogg’s dad, Charles, has lost nearly all of his hearing and memories of his daughter are difficult.
Crystal Hogg’s boyfriend could barely speak through tears as he stood over his three-month-old daughter on the floor. “I know she loved her,” he said through his tears.
“When her baby’s alive she’s happy,” said Christopher. “When her baby’s dead she’s not happy.”
Toronto Mayor John Tory released a statement saying “our hearts go out to Crystal’s family and friends.”
“Crystal was a kind and loving woman who was so dedicated to her six-year-old daughter,” he said. “It is a clear message to all Torontonians: life is precious and we cannot take it for granted.”