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4 dead after morning collision with stolen vehicle in East Hamilton: police

Hamilton police collision reconstruction units are investigating a fatal crash Mar. 19, 2022 in which four people succumbed to injuries on Main Street East. Three were pedestrians. Global News

Four people are dead, including three pedestrians, after an early morning collision in Hamilton’s east end not far from Gage Park.

A Hamilton police spokesperson (HPS) says the crash happened just before 2 a.m. when a car lost control on Main Street East heading towards King Street East.

“A male driver of a stolen 2004 Toyota Prius vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed,” Cst. Indy Bharaj said in a release.

“This male lost control, mounted the curb and struck a concrete hydro pole. During the collision, the vehicle struck three pedestrians and debris caused by the collision struck a fourth.”

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Bharaj said the vehicle then burst into flames

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HPS has not released names of any of the involved parties, as next of kin notifications are ongoing.

However, Pizza Pizza Ltd. spokesperson Adrian Fuoco told Global News in an e-mail the two of the victims were in fact workers contracted to the restaurant and that the outlet was “shocked and saddened at the events.”

“Two of the fatalities were persons contracted to perform maintenance on restaurant equipment, they were struck and killed by a vehicle outside the restaurant,” said Fuoco.

“This is a tragic loss of life and we offer our sincere condolences to the families of all impacted.”

Impairment has not yet been ruled out as a factor involved in this incident, according to Bharaj.

The four deaths now make it seven traffic fatalities in the city for 2022.

Anyone with information can reach the Collision Reconstruction Unit at 905-546-4753 or 905-546-4755.

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