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Highway 400 southbound at Rutherford Road reopens after crash kills woman

Photos of the vehicles involved in the fatal crash in Highway 400 near Rutherford Road on Sept. 29, 2022. OPP

Ontario Provincial Police say the southbound lanes of Highway 400 near Rutherford Road have reopened following a fatal collision that claimed the life of a 73-year-old woman on Friday.

OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said witnesses reported seeing a red Volkswagen Jetta travelling at a high rate of speed at around 3 a.m. when it rear-ended a minivan carrying four people.

Schmidt said three of the people suffered minor injuries but the fourth person, a woman, was pronounced dead.

Police later identified her as a 73-year-old woman from North York.

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He also said the driver of the Jetta was “last seen walking away from that scene.”

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Investigators are appealing for that person in the Jetta to call a lawyer and turn themselves into police.

The suspect has been described as a man, around 35 to 40 years old, with a thin build. He was wearing blue jeans and was carrying a reusable shopping bag.

Highway 400 southbound was closed between Rutherford Road and Langstaff Road for several hours.

The highway reopened shortly after 9:30 a.m.

Traffic backlog following fatal collision in Highway 400 southbound near Rutherford Road on Sept. 30, 2022. MTO

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