Suspects flee after young child is struck by a motorcycle in Toronto – The Globe and Mail

Suspects flee after young child is struck by a motorcycle in Toronto - The Globe and Mail
Boy, 4, in critical condition after being struck by motorcycle in hit and run
Two riders of a Harley-Davidson-style motorcycle fled the scene and are now being sought by police. A male driver between 40 and 50 rode away after the impact. His female passenger, who is believed to be in her twenties, also fled.

Witnesses described a mother cradling her severely injured son, believed to be about four years old, who was falling in and out of consciousness as ambulances arrived.

Late on Sunday, Toronto Police spokespeople said the child was alive and being treated at the Hospital for Sick Children. In the afternoon, police told the public the child had died, only to apologize hours later for unwittingly circulating misinformation.

Sunday night, the child remained in hospital with life-threatening injuries. Investigators say they have videos taken at the time of the crash, which happened around 1:30 p.m. They are calling for the two motorcyclists to turn themselves in.

Police say the female passenger fled on foot. She is been described as a white woman possibly in her 20s with blonde hair to her shoulders, wearing ripped blue jeans, a black T-shirt and white running shoes.

Please come forward. Help us with this investigation. That will assist us. It will assist the family, Toronto Police Sergeant Carm Zambri said to reporters at the scene.

The collision occurred near a public park in a residential area of Scarborough, just north of Victoria Park and St. Clair Avenues.

The bike is described as an orange or red cruiser-type Harley Davidson. It was travelling northbound on Victoria Park at the time of the incident.

City planners are currently being asked to curb the potential for fatal accidents at busy arterial roads such as these.

Just two months ago, Mayor John Tory spoke about these issues in a speech to the Empire Club of Canada.

In 2018, there were 41 pedestrian fatalities in Toronto. And of those 41, 16 occurred in Scarborough, Mr. Tory said during the March speech.

A security camera image released by Toronto police shows the suspects on a motorcycle wanted in Fail to Remain collision. (Toronto Police)

All people, especially, senior citizens and young people need more places to cross the street, Mr. Tory said.

The mayor was elected after promising to implement a road-safety plan to reduce traffic deaths and serious injuries.

Critics, however, say the plan has not brought about a meaningful change in the number of people being hurt and killed in Torontos streets.

While police at the scene described the boy as four years old, a Toronto Police spokeswoman later said he was between three and five years old.

It was not clear why police mistakenly said that the child had died. I think were looking into that,” Constable Allyson Douglas-Cook said.

A four-year-old boy is in critical condition after he was struck by a motorcycle in a hit and run on Sunday afternoon, Toronto police say.

Police said they were called around 1:30 p.m. to Victoria Park Avenue at Adair Road, north of St. Clair Avenue East, with reports that a child had been struck by a motorcycle. The motorcycle fled the scene, police said.

First responders found the child in and out of consciousness before he was rushed to SickKids Hospital, where he remains in critical condition.

Sgt. Brett Moore, spokesperson for Toronto police's traffic services, told CBC Toronto the child remains in intensive care.

Police said the motorcycle was last seen travelling northbound on Victoria Park Avenue. They said a heavy-set man, in his 40s or 50s and wearing a black helmet and dark pants, was riding the motorcycle. The passenger was described as a woman in her 20s with long, blond hair, wearing a black top and blue jeans. 

Police say the female passenger was last seen running eastbound on Medonte Ave, north of the hit and run location. 

The motorcycle is described as red-orange in colour, "sparkly," in the style of a Harley-Davidson cruiser. 

Victoria Park Avenue from St. Clair Avenue East to Yardley Avenue was closed for the police investigation, but has since reopened.