Ontario Provincial Police are currently asking for the publics help in identifying a driver of a transport truck that was involved in a fatal hit and run this morning. The truck was seen striking a pedestrian around 1 AM this morning before fleeing the scene. The pedestrian has sadly succumbed to his injuries, and the police are asking anyone with information to come forward.
Sgt. Kerry Schmidt took to Twitter this morning to inform the public of a hit and run that took place early this morning. In his video, Schmidt announces that at 12:55 AM this morning a transport truck was seen on the Highway 401 Eastbound in the express lane. As the truck driver was traveling down this highway and passing under Keele street, they struck a 67-year-old man who may have been outside of his vehicle.
Schmidt states that surveillance footage shows the transport truck driver activating their brake lights, slowing down and almost coming to a complete stop after striking the pedestrian, before continuing eastbound down the 401. The truck driver failed to stay on the scene, leaving the man that was struck by the truck on his own.
The injuries that the 67-year-old man sustained from the truck were fatal and he since has died from his injuries. Schmidt states that they are still unaware of why the victim was outside of his vehicle at the time of the accident.
Police remained on scene all night attempting to find information that could help identify the driver of this transport truck. Since the accident, OPP has released photos of the truck as well as a description in attempts to help locate the driver.
The truck is considered to be a fuel tanker truck or a bulk tanker truck. The product that was being carried inside of the truck is still unknown at this time.
Fleeing the scene is a criminal offense and according to the Criminal Code, failure to stop after an accident can result in multiple charges depending on how serious the incident is. However, failure to remain on the scene could result in 10 years in prison.
OPP is asking anyone who has dashcam footage during the time of the accident, or any other information on the case to come forward. Anyone with information is asked to call the OPP at 416-235-4981 or at Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.