SUV believed to be involved in downtown hit-and-run has been located, police say
CTV News Toronto
Published Monday, April 15, 2019 11:52AM EDT
Last Updated Monday, April 15, 2019 7:54PM EDT
The SUV believed to be involved in a violent hit-and-run crash in downtown Toronto on Sunday has been located, police confirm.
A 21-year-old man was waiting at a streetcar stop near College Street and Spadina Avenue at around 2 a.m. when a black SUV mounted the curb and slammed into the TTC shelter.
The SUV stuck the glass shelter and the man standing nearby. He was rushed to hospital in life-threatening condition. His current condition is not known.
The vehicle, which police said left the scene after the crash, was located Monday morning, less than a day after police released a description and surveillance images of the SUV.
Police said they were tipped off to the vehicle’s location by a member of the public. A side view mirror was also reportedly located among debris at the scene.
Rob O’Rinn told CTV News Toronto that he spotted a dark-coloured SUV the previous night in his Harbord Village neighbourhood. He said it looked like it had “a bit of suspicious damage.”
“This morning, when I saw on CP24 that there had been a hit and run and it was a black SUV, I literally jumped out of bed, put on my clothes, went up the street,” O’Rinn said. “(I) couldn’t find the car.”
O’Rinn said that he checked a few of the side streets in his neighbourhood and eventually came across the vehicle. That’s when he notified police.
Sgt. Brett Moore said forensic officers are in the process of combing through the SUV, as well as the crash scene, for further evidence.
“We know video cameras are everywhere,” he said. "So now we want to be able to track that back to see if we can piece together from the crash scene and the recovery scene. What is the chain of events and the timeline.”
“Every motor vehicle is registered to somebody, but that doesn’t mean that’s the driver, so that is one of the tricky things with a fail-to-remain.”
It is not known if police have identified the driver.
Moore urged the driver to “do the right thing” and come forward.
“What’s done is done,” he said. "There is a victim involved. A 21-year-old man is in life-threatening condition and so we’ve got to get this resolved.”
Anyone who knows anything about the crash is being asked to contact Toronto police or Crime Stoppers.