Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a transport truck driver who was involved in a hit and run that took the life of a pedestrian this morning. The truck struck the passerby at 12:55 am Wednesday morning before driving off.
Sgt. Kerry Schmidt says the truck was headed Eastbound on the 401 in the express lane when it struck a 67-year-old man who may have been outside of his vehicle. Schmidt also says the surveillance footage shows the truck driver hitting their brakes, slowing down and coming to a near-complete stop after striking the man, before driving off eastbound down the 401.
The injuries the 67-year-old man sustained from being struck by the truck were fatal, with authorities stating they are still unsure as to why the man was out of his vehicle in the first place.
Police continued in their efforts to find information that could help locate the driver of the transport truck. The OPP has released the photos of the truck, hoping the public could aid in their efforts.
The truck is believed to be a fuel tank truck, or a bulk tanker, with an unknown product being carried inside.
OPP is asking anyone who has dash-cam 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.