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On the Lookout: York police calling on industry’s assistance in tracking fatal hit-and-run driver

Richmond Hill, Ontario — York Regional Police (YPS) are calling on Toronto-area auto repair shops to keep an eye out for a vehicle linked to a fatal hit-and-run in Richmond Hill earlier this month, as the fleeing driver may have sought repairs in the area.

YPS reached out to Collision Repair on Tuesday morning for the industry’s assistance in tracking down the driver of a vehicle that may have been involved in a fatal collision at the intersection of Major Mackenzie Drive East and Cedar Avenue.

Auto body repair facilities in Toronto’s north-end are asked to note vehicles matching the following description  to aid them in their investigation:

  • 2009 to 2011, four-door, Honda Civic
  • Dark-coloured, possibly grey
  • Loud muffler, damage to the front passenger side corner and windshield
Traffic camera screenshot of suspect vehicle prior to hit-and-run incident. Provided by York Regional Police.

York police responded to a call at 9:15 p.m. on Sept. 1 reporting that a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle at the intersection.

Upon arrival, officers encountered the 26-year-old female victim who was hit while crossing the intersection but found no sign of the suspect’s vehicle, according to the press release provided.

The victim tragically succumbed to their injuries in hospital shortly thereafter.

Through examination of traffic cameras in the area, police have been able to surmise that the suspect was traveling eastbound and  stopped at the intersection of Major Mackenzie Drive and Yonge Street shortly before the incident.

Police are attempting to make contact with the driver of a “green-wrapped, company crossover-type vehicle” that was stopped at the lights next to the suspect vehicle at the Major Mackenzie Drive and Yonge Street intersection.

The YPS has created an evidence submission portal for witnesses of the Sept. 1 incident to provide statements and dashcam footage they feel would aid police in their ongoing investigation.

Additionally, the YPS is asking anyone with information to contact the Major Collision Investigation Unit by calling 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7704, call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS, or leave an anonymous tip online at www.1800222tips.com.

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