A lamppost close to where a 51-year-old was struck dead in the city's east end has become a makeshift memorial to the local resident.

Several bouquets of flowers and sympathy notes were being taped to the post hours after the tragic car crash late Monday afternoon.

Witnesses told police a black BMW ran a red light at the Danforth and Coxwell Avenues intersection, clipped a van, struck the pedestrian and then hit a dump truck at about 1:30 p.m. Monday.

The woman, who has been identified as Joan Grys, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police said the driver of the car was involved in a hit-and run moments before just six blocks away from the accident scene.

Grys' husband was one of the first people to place flowers at the scene, an observer told CTV Toronto.

"When he got out of the van I told him, 'That was a nice thing to do,' and he started crying and said, 'That was my wife,'" the woman said. "I told him, 'Our prayers are with you.'"

Family friend Betty Stanley said she doesn't know how the husband is going to be able to handle the tragedy.

"They were very close, very close. They had a lot in common," Stanley said.

"They never had children, but they had each other, and that's all that mattered."

The driver of the BMW was taken to hospital with minor injuries but the passengers of the other two cars were not hurt in the accident.

Police say they will canvass neighbourhood businesses along the Danforth for their security tapes so that they can track the car's path and determine whether it was speeding.

However, Sgt. Tim Burrows said investigators believe a medical condition is a factor in the collisions.

So far, no charges have been laid.

The driver of the BMW is still in hospital under observation.

Police want to speak with people who witnessed the crash. People with information can call Traffic Services at 416-808-1900 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).

With a report from CTV Toronto's Austin Delaney