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Man charged after hit-and-run accident in Toronto

On behalf of Rooz Law posted in Auto-Pedestrian Accidents on Thursday, September 11, 2014.

A 33-year-old man appeared in an Ontario court on Sept. 2 after he was accused of striking and killing a Toronto pedestrian and then fleeing the scene in the early morning hours of Aug. 30. The auto-pedestrian accident took place on St. Clair Avenue West in the vicinity of Weston Road at approximately 5 a.m. Prior to taking the man into custody, Toronto police had been confident of making an arrest. They had recovered debris from the minivan involved, and they had publically called for the hit-and-run driver to come forward. The man has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident that resulted in death.

According to a Toronto police report, a 31-year-old man was walking on St. Clair Avenue West when he was struck by a vehicle in the westbound lane. Witnesses told responding police officers that a gray minivan had struck the man and then left the scene.

Responding emergency medical services personnel initially pronounced the pedestrian dead at the scene, but he was revived on three occasions while being transported to an area hospital. However, the man subsequently succumbed to his injuries.

To suddenly lose a loved one in a motor vehicle accident can sometimes lead to serious financial challenges in addition to the grief and anguish associated with the loss. In many cases, monthly bills can become unmanageable when a relied upon source of income is no longer coming in. Additional expenses, such a funeral bills and burial costs, can compound this situation. A personal injury lawyer may seek to assist families in this position by bringing a wrongful death lawsuit on their behalf when their suffering and loss is due to the negligent actions of others.

Source: Global Toronto, “Man charged after fatal hit and run on St. Clair Avenue”, James Armstrong, Sept. 2, 2014

Source: Global Toronto, “Toronto police anticipate arrest in hit and run that killed 31-year-old man”, August 31, 2014