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Barrie police charge man in connection with fatal hit-and-run

Barrie police have charged a 37-year-old man in connection with a fatal hit-and-run that occurred on Nov. 1.
Barrie police have charged a 37-year-old man in connection with a fatal hit-and-run that occurred on Nov. 1. Nick Westoll / File / Global News

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.”

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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.

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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.

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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.

Barrie police continue search for suspect, vehicle following fatal hit-and-run
Barrie police continue search for suspect, vehicle following fatal hit-and-run