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

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

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

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

Officers were also able to capture security footage of a suspect fleeing from the abandoned vehicle (pictured below) but it is unclear if he was driving it at the time of the crash. The vehicle was not reported stolen.

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 previously said they were looking for three persons of interest in connection with the incident: Cory Munroe, 49, Derek Desousa, 34, and Amanda Rioux, 30, all from Toronto.

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.

On Tuesday, police identified Desousa as the driver and issued a warrant for his arrest. His whereabouts are unknown at this time.

Police say they have located Rioux and will be speaking to her. She and Munroe are believed to have been with Desousa prior to the crash, but were not in the vehicle during the incident.

In addition, police are looking to identify a passenger in the vehicle at the time of the collision. He is considered a person of interest and is described as a white male with a beard, wearing glasses, black pants, a grey sweater and a red hat at the time.

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.

Police also previously said three occupants got out of the vehicle before fleeing the scene after the crash. Police released a photo of one of them who fled on foot (pictured below), southbound on Pharmacy Avenue.

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

Police said three people — the toddler who was in a stroller as well as his 37-year-old mother and 57-year-old grandmother — were standing on the south curb when they were struck by a car travelling eastbound on Ellesmere. The driver failed to stop at a red light, crossed through the intersection and mounted the sidewalk.

As of Tuesday, the mother and grandmother are in stable condition in hospital. They both suffered a broken leg.

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

The toddler suffered a head injury and remains in serious condition. He is expected to recover but his prognosis is unknown at this time.

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

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"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."

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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. All three people were struck and suffered serious injuries.

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The father said the other two women who were struck by the car are 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.

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.

"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."

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

TORONTO — Police are looking for the driver of a vehicle that was allegedly involved in a hit-and-run incident that seriously injured a mother, a grandmother and their toddler in Scarborough Sunday.

"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 measures are part of an updated plan presented to city council over the summer, which also includes other traffic-calming efforts such as changes to road design and additional crossings. 

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 later stopped on the sidewalk just east of where the pedestrians were hit, police said. Investigators believe two occupants exited the vehicle, walked around and assessed the scene.

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 said Monday that they now also have images of the person believed to have ditched the vehicle. Police said they do not believe this person was involved in the collision.

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.

Tory vowed earlier this year to lower speed limits and crack down on motorists who break traffic laws in an effort to reduce the number of pedestrian and cyclist deaths in the city.

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