Toronto collision: Police say 1 dead, 3 injured after pedestrians struck in potential homicide



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Good afternoon everybody and thank you for coming today at 12:40 uh police received calls to the Victoria Park and Cassandra Boulevard area information was there was a vehicle striking multiple people in the parking lot at 250 Cassandra Boulevard it was determined that four people were struck

By a single motor vehicle three of those people were transported to hospital and one of them was treated at the scene as a result of their injuries one adult female uh succumbed to her injuries at the hospital the other persons have been treated and their injuries are deemed at

This point to be non-life-threatening The Driver of the vehicle remained at scene and has been arrested the homicide unit will be investigating this incident with traffic Services I will take any questions now so inpector it’s a homicide or h are investigating this so preliminary what is the information that leads you to

Believe that this may be a homicide there is some information that these people were struck intentionally and that’s why homicide is investigating how well did this uh person driving know these we do not have any information about the relationship between these people at this point do you have any information right now on

The the person in custody ages specif all I can tell you is that it’s an adult male one witness or I should say someone who lives in this apartment buildings that it sounded definitively like this this vehicle seemed to have been driving in the loop and struck them repeatedly going around

Is there anything we can say at this point about the the nature of this of of this ultimately fatal hit and not run we are in the very early stages it’s investigation a lot of information is still coming in and I comment can’t comment on it can you can you talk about

What a potential motive might be for this incident to be deemed intentional no we don’t have any information on a motive at this point we can confirm that it’s that white car still part involved I don’t know which car it is involved but the cars remained at the scene are

You able to speak generally of course what happened prior to the the incident with with the car some people are talking about hearing loud voices some said it was shot I don’t expect you to say exactly that but can you confirm that something happened more the people were struck now like I

Said we’re at the very early stages of the investigation and I can’t say what uh what was the precursor to anything that happened can you give us any information about the victims are they visible minorities I don’t know the demographics of the victims I just know that they’re

All adults are the victims and the male in custody are they all residents of this building I don’t have that information thank you very much thank you for your time

Toronto police inspector Keri Fernandes said during a Wednesday press conference that multiple pedestrians were struck by a single vehicle in the city’s east end, with at least one person who was treated at the scene and three others who were transported to the hospital — one of whom succumbed to her injuries.

According to police, the pedestrian-involved collision happened in the parking lot of an apartment building parking lot at around 12:40 p.m. in the Victoria Park Avenue and Cassandra Boulevard area, just north of Lawrence Avenue.

Fernandes said the homicide team is investigating because there is “some information” that these people were struck “intentionally.” Fernandes added that all the victims were adults, but did not know their “demographics.”

The driver involved – an adult male – has been taken into custody, but Fernandes said that there was “no information” on a motive at the time.

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