Vehicle involved in Scarborough hit-and-run found abandoned – CityNews

Vehicle involved in Scarborough hit-and-run found abandoned - CityNews
Tip leads police to suspect vehicle in hit-and-run that injured toddler and two women
A vehicle believed to be involved in a hit-and-run that left a 20-month-old baby with serious injuries has been found abandoned.

Toronto police say the suspect Dodge Journey was located just before 6:30 p.m. in the area of St. Clair Avenue East and O’Connor Road.

At 10:48 a.m., the SUV was headed eastbound on Ellesmere Road, near Pharmacy Avenue, when the driver failed to stop at a red light, crossed the intersection and mounted the curb, hitting the two women, aged 57 and 37, and the baby boy, 20 months old.

Police look for man after they find vehicle in Scarborough hit and run that hurt baby

The hit-and-run occurred at the intersection of Pharmacy Avenue and Ellesmere Road just before 11 a.m. on Sunday afternoon.

Police said two people got out of the vehicle, had a look around, then one got back into the vehicle. One left the scene on foot, heading south of Pharmacy Avenue. The driver then fled eastbound on Ellesmere Road, police said on Sunday.

Police say three people, including the toddler who was in a stroller, were standing on the south curb when they were struck by a car travelling eastbound on Ellesmere as it failed to stop at a red light, crossed through the intersection and mounted the sidewalk. The toddler suffered serious injuries while the other two women, a 37- and 57-year-old, were also injured.

In a news release on Monday, police said officers obtained security camera footage after the vehicle was abandoned, and that footage enabled police to capture an image of the man who left the vehicle before fleeing on foot.

Police are still looking for three persons of interest in connection with the incident: Cory Munroe, 49, Derek Desousa, 34, and Amanda Rioux, 30, all of Toronto.

Toronto paramedics took the two women and baby to hospital with serious injuries. Initially, police said the baby suffered life-threatening injuries, but his condition has been upgraded to serious.

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Toronto police are looking for a man who they say abandoned a vehicle involved in a weekend hit and run in Scarborough that seriously injured a baby boy and two women.

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The women were standing on the sidewalk on the southeast corner of the intersection and the baby boy was in a stroller.

Toronto police say they have located a suspect vehicle and that they are now looking for a fourth person in a hit-and-run incident that seriously injured two women and a toddler in Scarborough on Sunday.

Anyone with information is urged to call police at 416-808-1900, Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).

"Earlier this evening just before 6:30 p.m., a business owner in the area of St. Clair Avenue East and OConnor Drive made us aware of a vehicle that was in the parking lot of that business," Const. Allyson Douglas-Cook told CP24. "Our officers attended and they realized that it was the suspect vehicle from yesterdays collision."

The front licence plate of the vehicle fell off due to the impact of the crash and was left at the scene. 

In addition to having located the vehicle, police said that they now have images of the person believed to have ditched the vehicle.

Police are continuing to look for three people: Cory Munroe, 49; Derek Desousa, 34; and Amanda Rioux, 30.

"We have security camera images of the person who abandoned the vehicle and he is now being considered a suspect," Douglas-Cook said. "Were releasing his image and asking for assistance locating and identifying him."

She said police do not believe that the person who ditched the vehicle was involved in the collision.

The incident itself happened just before 10:50 a.m. on Oct. 13. According to police, a grey Dodge Journey was eastbound on Ellesmere Road, approaching Pharmacy Avenue, when it ran a red light, crossed through the intersection and mounted the sidewalk.

The vehicle struck a 57-year-old woman, a 37-year-old woman and a 20-month-old boy in a stroller, seriously injuring all three.

Police have said that the vehicle stopped on the sidewalk, just east of where the pedestrians were struck. Investigators believe two occupants exited the vehicle, walked around and assessed the scene.

One person then got back into the vehicle and fled southbound on Pharmacy Avenue, police said. The other person fled on foot.

The suspect vehicle bore the Ontario license plate ANXC 265. The impact of the collision dislodged the front license plate from the vehicle and police found it at the scene.

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

A suspect believed to have ditched a vehicle in a Scarborough hit-and-run incident is pictured in this handout photo. (Toronto police)