Barrie police charge man in connection with fatal hit-and-run – Global News

Barrie police charge man in connection with fatal hit-and-run - Global News
Arrest made in hit and run that killed a Barrie father of three
A 37-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection with a fatal hit-and-run that occurred one week ago in Barrie, police say.

“He was arrested on a side street in the city of Barrie,” Peter Leon, the Barrie Police Service’s corporate communications co-ordinator, told Global News. “He was operating the motor vehicle that was, in fact, the vehicle of interest that we were trying to identify.”

As a result of an exhaustive investigation that was conducted by the Barrie police traffic unit and following up on information that was received late Thursday afternoon, a 37-year-old Barrie man has been arrested and charged with failure to remain at the scene of an accident causing death under the Criminal Code. 

Police make arrest, seize vehicle in fatal hit-and-run probe

Over the last several days, Barrie police were trying to identify a dark blue pickup truck, which Leon said the suspect was driving when he was arrested Thursday at about 5:30 p.m.

“That vehicle is now in police custody, and we’re in the process of obtaining a search warrant to carry out our investigation with regards to the vehicle,” Leon said.

At about 2:45 a.m. on Nov. 1, officers say they responded to a report of an injured man at Wellington and Toronto streets.

The 37-year-old Barrie man is charged with failure to remain at the scene of a collision causing death and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Barrie on Dec. 18.

Barrie police communications co-ordinator Peter Leon tells BarrieToday it was information from the public which led to the arrest of the suspect.

An arrest has brought some closure for the family and friends of a Barrie man who was killed in a hit and run late last week.

The accused, whose name has not been released by police, is scheduled to appear in a Barrie court on Wednesday, Dec. 18.

Barrie police say they received information late on Thursday afternoon that led them to a 37-year-old Barrie man who is now facing serious charges.

The victim, Luke Crocker, a 33-year-old father of three, was struck and left for dead on Nov. 1st at 2:45 a.m. at the intersection of Wellington and Toronto streets.

Barrie police have made an arrest and seized a suspect vehicle following a fatal hit-and-run investigation. 

"Im angry that someone would hit him and just leave him there," said the victims longtime girlfriend Jenna Zardo to CTV News on Thursday as police continued their search for the driver responsible.

Friends and family of Crocker posted several tributes on a Facebook page, including the mans father who was tasked with identifying his body.