Police looking for 3 people after baby boy seriously injured in Scarborough hit and run – CBC.ca

Police looking for 3 people after baby boy seriously injured in Scarborough hit and run - CBC.ca
Police search for three people after three pedestrians, including toddler, struck by vehicle in Scarborough
Toronto police are searching for three Toronto residents — Cory Munroe, 49, Derek Desousa, 34, and Amanda Rioux, 30 — after a hit and run seriously injured a baby boy in Scarborough on Sunday.

Two women, 37 and 57, one of whom may be the mother of the 20-month-old baby, were also seriously injured in the collision.

Police said the driver struck the pedestrians at the intersection of Pharmacy Avenue and Ellesmere Road. Emergency crews were called to the scene at about 10:50 a.m.

3 pedestrians, including a baby, struck in Scarborough hit-and-run

The vehicle involved was a grey, 2015 Dodge Journey, with Ontario licence plate ANXC 265, police said.

Hes got a lot of energy. He loves to play, runs around a lot. Im not sure he will be the same after this, the father, who did not want to be identified, told CTV News Toronto. Right now he is still in the hospital being monitored, but he is okay.

Toronto paramedics rushed the baby boy to a trauma centre with life-threatening injuries in an emergency run. His condition has since been upgraded to very serious, police said Sunday night. Paramedics also took the two women to a trauma centre in serious but non-life-threatening condition. 

Insp. Mandeep Mann, spokesperson for the Toronto Police Service, told reporters at the scene that the two women were standing on the sidewalk and the baby boy was in a stroller when all three were struck.

"What I do know is that contact was made as all three were on the sidewalk," Mann said on Sunday. "The young boy, the 20-month-old boy, was in a stroller and you can probably see remnants of that stroller here."

When police and firefighters arrived on the scene, they found all three with "obvious" injuries, he said. 

"We are working to make our roads safer, including by lowering the speed limit at this intersection and soon enforcing that new limit with automated speed enforcement," the mayor tweeted.

Police said Dodge Journey was travelling eastbound on Ellesmere Road and crossed the intersection when it struck the pedestrians on the south corner.

At that point, investigators believe a passenger of the vehicle got out, looked around, assessed the scene, and fled on foot southbound on Pharmacy Avenue.

As a result of the impact, the front licence plate of the Dodge Journey became dislodged from the vehicle and was left at the scene, police said in a news release on Sunday evening.

As a result of the impact, the front licence plate became dislodged from the vehicle and was left at the scene, police said.

Mann said investigators have video of what occurred from local businesses and what happened right after the collision, and the photo of the passenger is from that video.

A toddler who was seriously injured along with two women after being struck by a vehicle while on the sidewalk in Scarborough Sunday morning is doing okay, according to his father.

They are asking anyone who witnessed the collision, has dash-cam or video footage, or any knowledge pertaining to the persons of interest, to contact Traffic Services at 416-808-1900.

Emergency crews were called to the area of Pharmacy Avenue and Ellesmere Road around 11 a.m. after receiving reports of three pedestrians that had been struck at the intersection.

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Toronto police are looking for three people in connection with an alleged hit-and-run in Scarborough that sent three members of a family, including a toddler, to hospital with serious injuries.

Emergency crews were called to the area of Ellesmere Road and Pharmacy Avenue around 11 a.m. for reports of three pedestrians that had been hit.

Investigators said a grey 2015 Dodge Journey with Ontario license plate ANXC 265 was travelling east on Ellesmere Road and was approaching Pharmacy Avenue.

Investigators said a grey 2015 Dodge Journey with Ontario license plate ANXC 265 was travelling east on Ellesmere Road and was approaching Pharmacy Avenue.

It is alleged the vehicle drove past a few stopped vehicles, and failed to stop for the red light at the intersection.

Police said the vehicle then mounted the sidewalk, where a 57-year-old woman and a 37-year-old woman were standing with a 20-month baby boy in a stroller.

“At that point, what we believe is, an occupant of that suspect vehicle exits the vehicle, assesses the scene and then flees on foot southbound on Pharmacy Avenue,” Insp. Mandeep Mann said. The driver also exited the vehicle, but got back in the car and fled the scene southbound on Pharmacy Avenue.

Police said one person got back into the vehicle and fled the scene southbound on Pharmacy Avenue. The other person fled on foot.

Paramedics say two female adults, aged 57 and 37, have been taken to a trauma centre with serious injuries while the baby has been taken to a pediatric trauma centre in life-threatening condition. Police say the baby is expected to survive his injuries now.

As a result of the impact, the front licence plate of the Dodge Journey became dislodged from the vehicle and was left at the scene, police said in a news release on Sunday evening.

“We will identify who that driver was. We will identify who that occupant was that came out of that vehicle. My message to those individuals, and anyone else who was in that vehicle, is to please take counsel and turn yourselves in,” said Mann.

The child was taken to a trauma centre with life-threatening injuries. On Sunday evening, police said he remains in serious but stable condition.

A man who identified himself as the father of the child told CTV News Toronto that his son is "doing okay."

The vehicle is described as a grey Dodge Journey with the license plate number ANXC 265 which likely has extensive damage to its front end. Police say, as a result of the impact, the front license plate became dislodged and was left at the scene.

"Hes got a lot of energy. He loves to play, runs around a lot. Im not sure he will be the same after this," the father, who did not want to be identified. "Right now, he is still in the hospital being monitored, but he is okay."

He said the other two women who were struck by the car were his wife and his mother-in-law. They are both recovering at Sunnybrook Hospital, but he said they dont have any memory of what happened.

Tory also added the city is working to make roads safer include lowering the speed limit at the intersection where the three pedestrians were struck and enforcing those limits with automatic speed enforcement.

"It could have been a lot worse," he said. "Right now, I am shifting my focus more on making sure that whoever is responsible for this is accountable, and they turn themselves in."

"They could have been killed today, and if that was the case, he or she, whoever, left them there to die the way I see it."

Speaking to reporters on Sunday afternoon, Toronto police Insp. Mandeep Mann said that police are in the preliminary stages of the investigation, but that officers are treating the incident "very, very seriously."

"We will identify who that driver was. We will identify who that occupant was that came out of the vehicle," Mann said. "My message to those individuals, both of them and anyone else who was in that vehicle, is to please retain counsel and turn yourselves to Traffic Services."

Police said they are looking for three persons of interest: 49-year-old Cory Munroe, 34-year-old Derek Desousa, and 30-year-old Amanda Rioux. All are from Toronto.

Investigators have released a photograph of who they believe to be one of the occupants of the vehicle.

Mayor John Tory said in a series of tweets on Saturday afternoon that he fully supports an increase in penalties for those involved in collisions with pedestrians and steeper consequences for those who flee the scene.

"We are working as a City to reduce collisions, but drivers cannot act recklessly and must recognize they bear the ultimate responsibility because they are operating vehicles which can inflict such terrible consequences.

"We are working to make our roads safer, including by lowering the speed limit at this intersection and soon enforcing that new limit with automated speed enforcement," the mayor tweeted.

Police are asking anyone with security video or dashboard camera footage of the area to contact investigators or reach out to Crime Stoppers anonymously.

Criminal behaviour on our roads which ignores all safety measures must be dealt with aggressively so the courts make clear there are consequences for these irresponsible and reckless actions.

Hit-and-run at Pharmacy Avenue and Ellesmere Road. Baby has been transported to hospital in life-threatening condition, two other women were taken to a trauma centre with serious injuries. (Francis Gibbs/ CTV Toronto)

Toronto police are looking for a grey, 2015 Dodge Journey, with Ontario licence plate ANXC 265 after an alleged hit-and-run in Scarborough seriously hurt three pedestrians. (Toronto police)

Investigators have released a photo of who they believe is an occupant in the hit-and-run at Ellesmere Road and Pharmacy Avenue. It is believed that he is a passenger in the vehicle that fled on foot. (Toronto police)