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Driver hits Toronto pedestrian, crashes into patio before fleeing scene: police

Police on Church Street after the incident.
Police on Church Street after the incident. Adam Dabrowski/Global News

A pedestrian is in hospital with life-threatening injuries after a hit-and-run that took place just after midnight Sunday.

In a tweet, Toronto police said a man was hit at around 12:10 a.m. in the area of Church Street and Wood Street. The driver, police said, crashed into a patio just north of Wood Street and fled the scene.

Police said that a 36-year-old man was in the northbound lane of Church Street when a grey Honda minivan hit him.

Cst. Laura Brabant told Global News the pedestrian was “struck and dragged” by the vehicle. The man was dragged around 100 metres.

Police requested urgent assistance from paramedics to help with the male victim who was trapped under a car. Fire crews were able to help remove him, the tweet said.

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He was then rushed to hospital, where he remains in life-threatening condition, police said.

Soon after, police located the driver and arrested him.

Shubham Joshi, a 25-year-old from Mississauga, was charged with failure to stop at a scene that caused bodily harm and dangerous driving that caused bodily harm.

He will appear in court Sunday.

Police asked anyone with additional information, including dashcam footage, to get in touch.

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