|Police investigating two fatal hit-and-runs in Ontario|
|News - Collision Repair|
|Tuesday, 17 July 2012 14:50|
By Caitlin Choi
Toronto, Ontario -- July 17, 2012 -- An 11-year old boy was killed in a fail-to-remain collision on the QEW in Beamsville, Ontario early this morning. The victim was ejected from a minivan sometime after 2:30 a.m. west of Ontario Street, approaching Grimsby.
The young boy was pronounced dead on the scene. Eight remaining passengers, including a minor and one who was found trapped under the vehicle, were transported to nearby hospitals. Two of the victims sustained critical injuries.
The Ford Aerostar was on its way to Toronto when it was struck by a tractor-trailer while driving in the far-right lane of the highway. The minivan was sent rolling to the right of the road where it collided with a fence.
The Ontario Provincial Police are still looking for what is believed to be a white Volvo tractor-trailer, with damage to the front just below the vehicle’s right headlight. The vehicle is guessed to be about a 2003 model. They ask that any collision repair facilities or persons who have information about vehicles that fit the description contact the OPP Niagara Detachment.
A Ford Aerostar typically seats seven passengers, which has lead officers investigating the incident to believe some of the victims were not wearing seatbelts at the time.
Police, fire and EMS reported to the scene, as well as three air ambulances.
A stretch of the QEW was closed for about eight hours this morning, but has since been reopened.
To contact the OPP Niagara Detachment, please call 905-356-1311.
Tragedy also struck on Monday morning, when an 80-year old man was killed in a hit-and-run incident on a residential road in Brampton.
Police report that the victim was stuck while attempting to cross Timberline Boulevard around 4 a.m. on July 16.
The neighbourhood resident, Joginder Singh, was pronounced dead on the scene. The vehicle in question fled the collision, leaving Singh lying on the roadway. A passer-by found him and notified the police.
The Peel Regional Police have released a statement for any collision repair facilities that become aware of a dark-coloured vehicle with damage to the front, left-side bumper, and possible damage to the windshield, to contact the detachment’s Major Collision Bureau. If any shops have customers ordering a front bumper fascia, they are asked to call in as well.
Media Relations Officer Thomas Ruttan confirms that that is all the information they have on the suspect vehicle at this time, but said they will be issuing alerts as more information becomes available.
The investigation is ongoing as police are trying to identify the make and model of the vehicle, using video footage from a camera mounted outside a nearby temple.
It is believed that Singh was on his way to the temple at the time that he was fatally struck.
To contact the Peel Regional Police Major Collision Bureau, call 905-453-2121 ext. 3710.
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