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Driver charged in New Year's Day hit-and-run investigation

50-year-old pedestrian survived life-threatening 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 laid a charge following a serious pedestrian fail-to-remain collision in the City of Vaughan.

On Jan. 1, 2019 at approximately 3:20 a.m., officers responded to the area of Jane Street and Pennsylvania Avenue in Vaughan for reports of an injured man laying on the sidewalk. When officers arrived on scene and spoke to witnesses, they determined that the pedestrian had been hit by a small sport utility vehicle on Jane Street. The suspect driver got out of the vehicle and saw the injured man, then got back into his vehicle, made a U-turn and drove away.

The pedestrian, a 50-year-old man from the City of Toronto, was transported to hospital with life-threatening injuries, where his condition improved and he survived.

After a lengthy investigation, on Friday, Feb. 1, 2019, with the assistance of officers from the Toronto Police Service, the suspect was arrested in the City of Toronto.

Charged:

  • Stephen Phillips, 44, no fixed address

Charges:

  •  Failure to stop at the scene of an accident

Mr. Phillips has been held in custody and is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Newmarket on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019.

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.

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