The 31-year-old man, whose name was not released, is now charged with leaving an accident scene causing bodily harm, driving with an improper license and operating a vehicle without insurance.
Traffic service investigators have made an arrest in that case and weve seized, what they believe to be, the motorcycle involved, Sgt. Brett Moore told reporters. At this point in time, we are not naming the male or female whose photos were posted online and through the media but I can tell you that a 31-year-old male was arrested around 1:48 p.m. – about 24 hours after the crash occurred yesterday.
Police did not provide an update on the condition of the child, who was hit while walking with one of his parents and was reportedly in and out of consciousness before being rushed to hospital.
The boys father told local news outlet CP24 that family members were hoping the results of an MRI would shed further light on his sons condition. He identified the four-year-old as Radiul, commonly referred to as Radi.
At around 5 p.m. on Monday, Toronto police confirmed an arrest had been made in connection with the investigation in Markham and said three charges had been laid. However, investigators did not release the suspects name.
Ruhul Chowdhury called on the public to pray for his sons recovery, adding hes relying on his own faith to help him make peace with the situation.
Toronto Police have arrested a 31-year-old man in connection with a hit-and-run incident that left a four-year-old boy in critical condition.
Radiul Chowdhury was struck by a motorcycle Sunday in Toronto after he darted into traffic while with his mother in the citys east end. He remains unconscious and sustained serious brain damage, along with a broken shoulder, elbow and legs.
Police say the man faces charges including driving a motor vehicle with an improper license, operating a motor vehicle without insurance and leave an accident scene causing bodily harm.
The young boy sustained life-threatening injuries in the incident and was subsequently rushed to the intensive care unit at SickKids Hospital, where he remains in critical condition.
According to a news release, the arrest was made on Monday after by members of the Traffic Services Hit and Run unit. The unit also seized a 2016 Harley Davidson Road Glide Motorcycle.
Police had been searching for a male driver and a female passenger. Witnesses allege that the driver stopped the bike after the boy was struck, but then sped off, and that the woman fled the scene on foot.
Chowdhury said staff members at the hospital have indicated that theyve seen positive signs but cannot make any definitive conclusions at this point.
In a Periscope video shared on social media after the arrest, Sgt. Brett Moore with the Traffic Services unit said that police had identified the woman, but did not provide any further details.
Were not going to high-five now just … because weve made an arrest, he said in the video. Any officer knows that any investigation is only celebrated at the conclusion of a case.
This 31-year-old male will be making a court appearance tomorrow. We are not naming the person or saying where the court location is.
Ruhul Chowdhury, the boys father, told reporters that he forgives the driver, but does not understand how someone could speed away from a badly injured child.
I cant even imagine how people can just hit a little kid and just run away, he told CTV News Toronto from outside the Hospital for Sick Children, where Radiul is being treated. They didnt even turn around to look at my son. He could die on the spot. They didnt even care.
Doctors and nurses say there are signs of hope from Radiul, but that nothing will be certain about his condition for at least 48 hours. Chowdhury said that his son responded with movement when his wife spoke to him.
Brother, Im calling you brother, I forgive you, Chowdhury said, when asked by CP24 what he would say to the motorcycle driver. Please just hand over yourself to the cops. Please just surrender.
He added that doctors will provide the family with an update on Radiuls condition after they perform an MRI later on Monday.
He added that people made mistake – intentionally and unintentionally – and that his Muslim faith urges forgiveness and mercy.
Police reported on Sunday afternoon that the child had been pronounced dead at hospital, but corrected that statement several hours later without explaining how the mistake happened.
A surveillance image released by Toronto Police Service shows a woman believed to be involved in an east-end crash.
Chowdhury told CTV News Toronto that his wife initially told him that their son hadnt survived, but then Radiul was revived.
Moore said that police had received 32 tips through Crime Stoppers and dozens of calls related to the incident in under 24 hours.
Police are still appealing to the public to call police traffic services at 416-808-1900 or Crime Stoppers at 416-222-8477 (TIPS) if they have any dashcam video, security camera footage or other information that could assist with the investigation.
A security camera image released by Toronto police shows the suspects on a motorcycle wanted in Fail to Remain collision. (Toronto Police)
A security camera image released by Toronto Police shows the passenger on the motorcycle, wanted in a Fail to Remain Collision. (Toronto Police)
The father of a four-year-old boy, who remains unconscious and in critical condition after being struck by a motorcycle Sunday in Toronto, says he forgives the driver.