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Family remembers Toronto high school student killed in hit-and-run

Teen dead after being intentionally struck by vehicle in East York, police say
WATCH ABOVE: The victim has been identified as 16-year-old Matthew Dreaver. Dreaver’s grandmother visited the scene and says she wants to know why anyone would deliberately run over her grandson. Catherine McDonald reports.

The grandmother of a 16-year-old Toronto boy who was killed in a hit-and-run says she is struggling to understand why her grandson was left to die

“Why? Why did those guys have to run him over? Apparently from what I hear they ran him over like a dog,” Gertrude Dreaver told Global News Monday afternoon.

“Matthew was a good kid. He was a good kid. If he got in with the wrong crowd, I don’t know. I don’t know what to make of it today as of now.”

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Emergency crews were called to a parking lot east of Stan Wadlow Park on Cosburn Avenue, east of Woodbine Avenue, with reports a pedestrian was struck just before 2:30 a.m. on Monday.

Toronto Paramedics took the boy to hospital without vital signs. The victim, who was identified by family as Matthew Dreaver, was later pronounced dead.

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Toronto Police Homicide Squad Det. Leslie Dunkley alleged the collision was deliberate.

“Our investigation up to this point reveals that our victim was intentionally struck by a motor vehicle,” he said.

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Dunkley said there was an interaction between the victim and at least two suspects, which resulted in an altercation and led to Matthew being struck.

Police said witnesses reported the victim was being followed prior to the collision.

Investigators released photos of a small, black, four-door SUV Monday evening. Police said the SUV will have damage to the front of it.

Officers also released a description of the two suspect. The male driver was described as being roughly between 20 and 35 years old, standing five-foot-10 or five-foot-11 and having a round face with short-to-balding hair. The male passenger was described as standing five-foot-10 or five-foot-11 and having short-to-balding hair.

Anyone with information or video was asked to call police at 416-808-7400 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-8477.

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