Police are investigating after a male pedestrian was struck and killed near Sheppard Avenue and Kennedy Road during Thursday morning’s rush-hour commute.

Officers say the man, believed to be 65, was struck around 8 a.m. by a car travelling eastbound on Sheppard Avenue. The victim was taken to Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, where he later died.

Police say the man was nearly at or inside a protected centre median, known as a “pedestrian pen,” when he was struck.

Local residents told CTV Toronto that the pedestrian pen, meant to protect people crossing the street, does not provide enough protection.

“They should put something (to) completely stop on the corner because mostly people who are crossing the road are old seniors,” said one female resident.

Investigators initially struggled to identify the man as he as not carrying ID on him. Eventually they were able to notify his son.

Police have reopened Sheppard Avenue, between Kennedy and Allanford Roads, which had been closed earlier as part of the investigation.

With a report from CTV Toronto's John Musselman