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Driver arrested in Markham pedestrian hit-and-run

Both of the pedestrians who were struck in the April 22 collision are now expected to fully recover from their injuries
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NEWS RELEASE
YORK REGIONAL POLICE
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Investigators with the York Regional Police Major Collision Investigation Unit have identified and charged the driver following a serious pedestrian fail-to-remain collision in the City of Markham. On Monday, April 22, 2019, at 8:18 p.m., police were called to the intersection of Yonge Street and Meadowview Avenue, which is just north of Steeles Avenue, for a report of a fail-to-remain collision where two pedestrians had been struck.

When officers arrived they found a 44-year-old man suffering from minor injuries and a 45-year-old woman suffering from life-threatening injuries. Both of the pedestrians who were struck are now expected to fully recover from their injuries.

Investigators released video surveillance and an image that showed the suspect vehicle, a white pickup truck, making a left turn from southbound Yonge Street onto eastbound Meadowview Avenue. The truck struck the two pedestrians then drove away from the scene. With assistance from tips from the public, the suspect was identified and on Wednesday, June 5, 2019, he was placed under arrest.

Charged:

  • Aras Panahian Jand, 32, City of Richmond Hill

Charges:

  • Failure to stop after accident
  • Failure to stop after accident causing bodily harm

Mr. Panahian Jand has been held in custody and is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Newmarket on June 6, 2019, for a bail hearing.

York Regional Police is asking anyone with information to contact the Major Collision Investigation Unit by calling 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7704, or to call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS, or leave an anonymous tip online at www.1800222tips.com.

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