Suspect charged in fatal hit-and-run in Vaughan
Paul Johnston and Chris Kitching, cp24.com
Published Thursday, December 6, 2012 7:07AM EST
Last Updated Thursday, December 6, 2012 3:41PM EST
York Regional Police have charged a suspect after a female pedestrian was killed in a hit-and-run in Vaughan on Thursday morning.
Police spokesman Const. Blair McQuillan said a 47-year-old man turned himself in about three hours after the woman was hit by a southbound vehicle at Dufferin Street and Dufferin Hill Drive/Apple Blossom Drive.
The woman was struck by a dark-coloured crossover vehicle while she was walking east across Dufferin Street shortly after 6:30 a.m., police said.
Police said the woman, who suffered a head injury, died at the scene.
Before the arrest, McQuillan said officers were looking for a dark-coloured Lexus or Toyota crossover or sport utility vehicle.
Gino De Luca, of Vaughan, is charged with failure to stop, failure to stop causing bodily harm and failure to stop causing death.
He has been released and is scheduled to appear in court in Newmarket on Jan. 10.
Police are asking people with information about the collision to call investigators at 1-866-876-5423 ext. 7704 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
Three others killed in hit-and-runs
Including Thursday's victim, at least four people have been killed in hit-and-run collisions in the GTA since early November.
On Nov. 27, a 42-year-old man was fatally struck by two vehicles on Midland Avenue, near Kilcullen Castle Gate, in Toronto.
The driver of the second vehicle failed to remain at the scene.
Four days earlier, school teacher Tom Samson died when he was hit by two vehicles while cycling at Lansdowne Avenue and Davenport Road in Toronto.
The driver of the first vehicle fled, but police later charged a 22-year-old man in the Nov. 23 collision.
In Richmond Hill, a 53-year-old man is facing charges after a 30-year-old Toronto man was fatally struck by three vehicles on Yonge Street, near Silver Maple Road.
The driver of the first vehicle did not stop at the scene.
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