Suspects sought in Scarborough hit-and-run that left two women, toddler injured – CP24 Torontos Breaking News

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2 suspects sought in Scarborough hit-and-run that injured toddler
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.

A second man, identified by police as Jeremiah Cook – who, police said, was not involved in the collision but allegedly abandoned the suspect vehicle – is also wanted. The 40-year-old Toronto-resident is wanted on multiple charges, including obstructing police and two counts of failing to stop causing bodily harm.

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

In surveillance video obtained by CTV News Toronto on Tuesday, the vehicle can be seen mounting 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.

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.

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.

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

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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.

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

Toronto police are searching for two suspects after two women and a baby were injured in a hit-and-run over the weekend.

Anyone with information is being urged to contact police at 416-808-1900 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS. 

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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