Toronto police have released video of a hit-and-run collision that killed a 61-year-old man at a crosswalk in Scarborough early Wednesday.
In the video, which appears to be taken from a security camera at a neighbouring home, the man can be seen pausing before entering the crosswalk at St. Clair Ave. E. and Jeanette St. He disappears from the frame as he crosses the street. A black minivan then appears from the left in a blur, travelling east on St. Clair.
The collision itself is not visible in the video, which has been edited with a black circle to conceal the victim’s trajectory after he was hit.
After the collision, the black van can be seen speeding out of the frame to the right.
The video does not show the traffic lights at the intersection.
Police are calling for anyone present at the time, as well as local residents with surveillance video, to come forward to help identify the driver and vehicle involved in the collision.
Emergency services found the man without vital signs at the scene shortly after 7 a.m. The man later died in hospital.
The passenger-side mirror of the minivan was left behind at the scene. Police said it is a Chrysler part.
Twenty-eight pedestrians and four cyclists have been killed on Toronto streets so far this year, according to figures compiled by the Star.
The combined total of 32 cyclist and pedestrian deaths this year is the highest by this date in any year since 2007.
In 2015, there were 31 pedestrian and cyclist deaths as of Sept. 26.
The Star’s traffic fatality numbers are higher than the official police count. That’s in part because Toronto police figures don’t include deadly collisions that happen on private property, such as in the parking lots of apartment buildings or malls, or on provincial 400-series highways within Toronto.
Police are asking anybody with information to contact them at 416-808-1900.
Stefanie Marotta is a breaking news reporter, working out of the Star’s radio room in Toronto. Follow her on Twitter: @StefanieMarotta
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