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Suspects sought in Scarborough hit-and-run that left two women, toddler injured
Toronto police are searching for two suspects after two women and a baby were injured in a hit-and-run over the weekend.

Just before 11 a.m. Sunday, police were called to the scene in the area of Ellesmere Road and Pharmacy Avenue.

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.

Toronto police release photos of suspects wanted in hit-and-run that injured toddler

The two women suffered serious but not life-threatening injuries. The toddler suffered a head injury and was taken to hospital in serious condition. On Wednesday, police said the boy’s condition has been upgraded and he is expected to recover.

On Thursday, police said the alleged 34-year-old driver of the vehicle, Derek DeSousa, is wanted for multiple charges, including two counts of criminal negligence causing bodily harm and failing to stop and render assistance.

Several hours after the crash, police found the abandoned vehicle in the area of St. Clair Avenue East and OConnor Road.

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

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

The driver of the vehicle has been identified as Derek DeSousa, 34, of Toronto. He is wanted by police for several charges including two counts of criminal negligence causing bodily harm, two counts of failure to stop causing bodily harm and driving while under suspension.

TORONTO — Two men are wanted by police in connection with a Scarborough hit-and-run that injured a baby, mother and grandmother on Sunday.

A second man, who is alleged to have abandoned the suspect vehicle, has been identified as Jeremiah Cook, 40, of Toronto. He is also wanted for several charges including two counts of failure to stop causing bodily harm, obstructing police and failure to comply with probation order.

Police have released images of both men and are advising them to contact a lawyer and turn themselves in.

The vehicle drove past a few stopped vehicles, according to police, and failed to stop at a red light at the intersection.

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Police said a second man, 40-year-old Jeremiah Cook, is wanted for obstructing police, failure to comply with probation order, fail to stop/render assistance, two counts of failure to stop causing bodily harm and driving while under suspension.

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Officials said three people were struck in total — two women, 57-years-old and 37-years-old — and a 20-month-old boy in a stroller who suffered critical injuries.

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Toronto police have released photos of two men wanted in a Scarborough hit-and-run that left a toddler, his mother and his grandmother injured on Sunday.

Police say they have now identified the man who allegedly dumped a vehicle believed to be involved in a hit-and-run that left two women and a toddler with serious injuries.

Investigators previously confirmed that the driver of a grey Dodge Journey SUV struck two women and a baby in a stroller in the area of Ellesmere Road and Pharmacy Avenue on the morning of Oct. 13.

Police allege that after the collision, two occupants of the vehicle got out, walked around to assess the scene, and quickly fled the area.

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The vehicle was located in the area of St. Clair Avenue East and OConnor Drive the following day. Police now say they believe 40-year-old Toronto resident Jeremiah Cook was a passenger in the SUV and was responsible for dumping the vehicle.

He is wanted on several charges, including obstructing police, failing to comply with a probation order, failing to stop/render assistance, and two counts of failing to stop causing bodily harm.

Police say they are continuing to search for the driver of the vehicle, identified as 34-year-old Derek DeSousa.

DeSousa faces a number of charges, including two counts of criminal negligence causing bodily harm, dangerous operation of a motor-vehicle, and two counts of failing to stop causing bodily harm.