Police release new vehicle information in fatal Scarborough hit-and-run – Global News

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Police release new suspect vehicle information in fatal Scarborough hit-and-run
Toronto police have released new information regarding a suspect vehicle in an alleged hit-and-run that left a 34-year-old woman dead.

On Friday, Aug. 30, Celeste Jones was crossing Sheppard Avenue East near Abbotsfield Gate and Palmdale Drive in Scarborough when she was struck and killed, police said.

Forensic evidence reveals the vehicle involved was metallic grey in colour, manufactured in Japan for Mitisubishi vehicles from 2005 to 2009, police say. The specific model may be a Lancer or Outlander.

“We’re in a point in life where we feel we don’t have purpose, we’re empty,” Clayton Jones Jr., Celeste’s brother, told Global News.

Toronto police are making a special appeal to body shops and car dealerships that may have repaired a vehicle involved in a hit-and-run collision late last month that left a 35-year-old woman dead.

“When you’re awake, you just want to turn off life because you feel life has just let you down.”

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Police said the driver of the vehicle that struck Celeste fled the scene and was last seen heading east on Sheppard Avenue at a high speed, before making a right turn onto southbound Warden Avenue.

Investigators allege the driver was under the influence of an unspecified substance after making a head-on collision with a police vehicle.

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On Saturday, investigators said clues left at the scene have revealed that the suspect vehicle is metallic grey and was a Mitsubishi model, between 2005 and 2009. The vehicle could be a Lancer or an Outlander.

A driver is facing charges in connection with a crash involving a Toronto police cruiser early Saturday morning.

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Police believe a grey Mitsubishi was used in alleged hit and run that killed 34-year-old Celeste Jones. Her family pleading for the suspect to come forward. "We're in a point in life where we feel we don't have purpose, we're empty," explains Clayton Jones Jr, brother of Celeste.

“We’re very hopeful with the new information. I feel that the Toronto Police Service is doing a great job trying to find the suspect,” Clayton said.

Toronto police say officers were in a cruiser on Sheppard Avenue East near Brenyon Way just before midnight when a vehicle struck them head-on.

Police are asking body shops and car dealerships to contact investigators if they have repaired vehicles of a similar description since Aug. 30.

A police cruiser is seen after a collision involving an impaired driver in Malvern on Sept. 13, 2019. (John Hanley)

Police previously released a surveillance video of a suspect vehicle, but were unable to provide a detailed description.

A man has been charged with impaired driving offences after he allegedly smashed into a police cruiser in Scarborough on Friday night, slightly injuring two officers.

Next week would’ve been Celeste’s 35th birthday and her family said the best gift they could give her would be to find the person who allegedly struck her and left her to die in the middle of the road.

Staff Sgt. Rita Morehouse, of Toronto police's 42 Division, said the officers were taken to a local hospital, where they were treated and released.

“We want to find comfort and also to help (the suspect) find comfort… They must be scared and afraid,” Clayton added.

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The Jones family is holding a vigil Sunday evening at the site where Celeste was struck and will be pushing for driver and pedestrian safety.

A police spokesperson told Global News the incident occurred around 11:30 p.m. when a vehicle crossed into an oncoming lane and crashed into a police cruiser.

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Toronto police are asking the publics help in searching for the suspect vehicle in a fatal hit-and-run in Scarborough last month.

Two officers who were in the cruiser were transported to hospital with minor injuries and are expected to be off-duty for several days.

Police said a woman was crossing Sheppard Avenue mid-block near Pharmacy Avenue just before 10:30 p.m. on Aug. 30 when she was hit by an eastbound vehicle.

Thats when a suspect driving eastbound on Sheppard Ave. at a high speed struck the 34-year-old woman and continued eastbound before making a right turn southbound on Warden Avenue, Police said.

According to her family, Jones was on her way to work, trying to catch the bus when the collision happened.

Further investigation by Toronto Police has determined that the suspects vehicle is metallic grey in colour and its paint was made for Mitsubishi vehicles between the years of 2005 and 2009.

"She is a good daughter," said Jones father, Clayton. "She didnt deserve any of this."

Investigators are pushing for body shops and car dealerships to make note of this information and to contact them if they have repaired vehicles with a similar description since August 30.

Police said glass fragments were found in the victims clothes, which confirms that there was windshield damage.

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Investigators are appealing to body shops and car dealerships to contact police if they have repaired vehicles of a similar description.

“This paint colour was manufactured in Japan for Mitsubishi vehicles, between the years of 2005-2009 (possibly a Lancer or Outlander model),” a police news release said Saturday. “Glass was also found in the victim’s clothing, confirming that there was windshield damage.”

Toronto police are looking for a small black or dark blue car with a modified loud muffler. (Screenshot)