One described as ‘great friend,’ the other a ‘bubbly personality’

It has been a deadly week on Mississauga and Brampton roads, with a pedestrian death and a man killed in a crash with a transport truck in less than eight hours.

The pedestrian struck and killed by a luxury SUV while crossing Dundas Street Monday night (Monday, March 28) has been identified as 44-year-old Tigist Bête.

The collision occurred around 9 p.m. on Dundas Street, west of Cawthra Road. It appears Bête didn’t cross at the traffic lights when she was struck by an Audi SUV.

She was pronounced dead at the scene.

A friend who didn’t want to be identified described Bête as a caring woman who recently moved to Mississauga from Brampton. She had a “bubbly personality” and loved to walk, she added.

The driver of the Audi, a 60-year-old woman, wasn’t injured and remained on scene to be interviewed by police.

A makeshift memorial has been set up near the area where Bête died. Peel police have also erected a sign at the scene asking witnesses to come forward with information.

Earlier in the day, a 55-year-old Richmond Hill, identified as Paul Bryan, was killed in north Brampton when the car he was driving smashed into the back of a transport truck.

Peel Regional Police’s Major Collision Bureau continues to investigate the fatal crash that occurred in the eastbound lanes of Queen Street East near McVean Drive around 1:45 p.m.

Bryan, who had worked in the printing industry, was pronounced dead at the scene as his car was demolished after it hit the back of the truck and was partially crushed underneath.

The truck driver wasn’t injured and has been interviewed by police.

Gerald Knight described Bryan as a “great friend” who tried to give money to cancer charities as often as he could.

On social media, those who worked with Bryan or knew him from the printing industry wrote messages of condolences.

“Can’t find a nicer guy than Paul,” wrote Matt Hartley. Dan Kehoe described Bryan as “one of the nicest people that I have ever met.”

Witnesses or anyone with information on either fatality can call police at 905-453-2121, ext. 3710.

-with files from Pam Douglas

Source: The Mississauga News