A 37-year-old man has been arrested and charged in connection with a fatal hit-and-run that occurred one week ago in Barrie, police say.
“He was arrested on a side street in the city of Barrie,” Peter Leon, the Barrie Police Service’s corporate communications co-ordinator, told Global News. “He was operating the motor vehicle that was, in fact, the vehicle of interest that we were trying to identify.”
Over the last several days, Barrie police were trying to identify a dark blue pickup truck, which Leon said the suspect was driving when he was arrested Thursday at about 5:30 p.m.
“That vehicle is now in police custody, and we’re in the process of obtaining a search warrant to carry out our investigation with regards to the vehicle,” Leon said.
According to Leon, the vehicle sustained damage, although he can’t say where.
At about 2:45 a.m. on Nov. 1, officers say they responded to a report of an injured man at Wellington and Toronto streets.
According to police, the 33-year-old man was hit by a vehicle that allegedly fled the scene.
He was transported to a local hospital, where he died as a result of his injuries, police say.
The 37-year-old Barrie man is charged with failure to remain at the scene of a collision causing death and is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Barrie on Dec. 18.