Pinay nanny dies in Toronto hit-and-run

By Veronica Silva, ABS-CBN North America Bureau

TORONTO, Canada – A makeshift memorial stands as a grim reminder of where former Pinay nanny Marites Martin-Catacutan reportedly died, after being hit by a van near the corner of Yonge and Steeles Avenue West.

Friends and relatives said the 42year-old mother of two was on her way home from work when the collision happened. The police said the victim was crossing from north to south of Steeles Avenue West when she was hit by a van. While the police statement didn’t identify the victim, friends and relatives confirmed it was Catacutan.

As an open permit holder, Catacutan was working in a nursing home at the time of her death. Her friend, Maricel Taban said she saw Catacutan a few minutes before her death. Taban was going to her bus stop when Catacutan crossed the street, as she lived a few meters from the scene of the accident.

“I saw the van momentarily stop, but then continue to run over her. I saw the vehicle on top her body,” Taban recounted.

Catacutan arrived in Toronto in 2008 as a live-in caregiver. She had been away from her family all these years. Her cousin said Catacutan’s husband is seeking justice and is now wondering what’s going to happen to Catacutan’s pending immigration application to sponsor her family to migrate to Canada.

Catacutan’s husband is en route to Canada to claim her body but relatives are appealing to the Canadian government for compassion for her PR sponsorship to proceed, for the sake of the family she left back home.

It is another sad story that brings to light the long process of family reunification.

The police declined to comment further on the hit-and-run case, saying it is under investigation.

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