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In this episode of the Global News Podcast What happened…? Erica Vela revisits the story of the Toronto van attack.

Kathy Riedel has lived in Toronto’s Yonge and Finch neighborhood for more than six decades; It’s an area she says is surrounded by familiar faces, shops, and restaurants.

“I know the area very well. , It is a safe zone,” she said. “I know where all the stores are, I know where all the restaurants are. , this is home.”

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On a hot Monday in April 2018, Riedel was looking forward to being outside and running errands in the sun.

“It was like the first good day of the year, and everyone was on the streets, so I was very happy to be out there,” she said.

“I was going to go to the library, go get a book and then just sit in the park and enjoy the day.”

However, his day would be interrupted when a white rental van wreaked havoc in the neighborhood he had called home.

On April 23, 2018, a white rental van ran over the sidewalk at the southwest corner of the intersection of Yonge and Finch Streets and traveled south for several blocks.

Riedel was one of the victims who was hit by a van while walking down Yonge Street.

“The last thing you’d expect is someone cruising on the sidewalk,” she said.

“The worst (thing) I ever thought would come down the sidewalk would be a kid on a bike that was a little out of control or something.”

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At 1:27 pm, the first call was made to 911. The attack would last about seven minutes, when eyewitnesses watched in horror while innocent people were hit by a white van.

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Inspector Graham Gibson was called in as a detective sergeant for the Toronto Police homicide squad when he began hearing chatter about the attack and decided to go to the scene to begin an investigation, he said.

“One of our main goals was to get people (injured) off the sidewalk and the road,” Gibson said. “It’s a terrible thing to see.”

“When you show up as a member of the murder, the other officers and members are looking to you to bring some control to that scene,” Gibson said.

“Although you can feel it inside and I certainly did, you try to keep up and focus on your tasks.”

After driving 2.2 km, the van stopped on Poynze Avenue as a drink was spilled in the windshield, making it difficult for the driver to see. The driver got off the van.

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cast. Ken Lam. The driver was successful in catching him and he was arrested by Toronto police at 1:34 pm.

The tragedy left the Toronto community bewildered and mourned for the victims who lost their lives that day.

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Riedel had little recollection of what had happened on the day of the attack.

“I was in and out a little bit and I clearly talked to people, and I don’t remember any of them,” she said. “Somehow my brain stopped all this.”

When Riedel’s brother tried to explain to him what had happened that day, he couldn’t believe anyone would do such a terrible thing.

“I couldn’t believe it could happen in this town… and that anyone could do this to total strangers,” Riedel said.

“It was such a shock that my mind simply refused to accept the fact that it had happened.”

In this episode of Global News ‘What Happened…?’, Erica Vela revisits the Toronto van attack to talk to a victim who was deeply affected by the attack. She also talks to the inspector. Graham Gibson tells of his experience as a detective at the scene, and with reporter Katherine MacDonald, who begins to uncover the motives behind the driver’s attack.

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