Woman, 63, killed when car jumped curb
Hit-run driver evades police
The driver who struck and killed a 63-year-old woman on a Don Mills sidewalk and took off last week remained on the loose Thursday.
But Toronto Police say investigators have been receiving new information since revealing the vehicle thought to have been involved in the deadly hit-and-run has been found.
“New witnesses have contacted us,” Traffic Services Const. Clint Stibbe said. “And the investigation is moving forward.”
Debbie Graves, an employee of Numeris, was in town on business when she was run down Oct. 4 while walking along the north side of York Mills Rd. just west of Don Mills Rd.
The Riverview, N.B., resident enjoyed dinner with a co-worker at a restaurant on the south side of York Mills Rd. and the two woman were heading back to their rooms at the Westin Prince hotel — directly across the street — when tragedy struck at 11 p.m.
The women had been discussing the many pedestrians who have been hit by vehicles while crossing mid-block recently, so Graves suggested they walk east to the intersection to cross, Stibbe has explained. Once there, the countdown timer had begun, so the women chose to wait for the light to change again.
The women were walking west to the hotel when a car jumped the curb, ran Graves down and drove off, leaving the widowed mom of two dying in front of her friend.
Investigators received information about the location of a suspect vehicle and subsequently located a grey, 2014 Nissan Rogue — Ontario licence plate BVVH 900 — at an East York body shop. The car had sustained serious damage to its right front fender and headlight assembly.
Police have said the Nissan is registered Erin Wright, 28, of Toronto, but it is not yet known if she or someone else was behind the wheel at the time.
The vehicle’s owner has been “uncooperative” with the investigation, Stibbe has said.
He says Wright allegedly also failed to report the collision, which she is required to do under the Highway Traffic Act as the vehicle’s owner.
Investigators have determined the vehicle that killed Graves drove through a residential area west of York Mills Rd. and Bayview Ave. some time between 10:30 that night and 1:30 the next morning.
Stibbe urged any residents or business owners with security camera footage, as well as motorists with dashcams who drove through the area during those hours, to contact police.
The Nissan Rogue is registered to Erin Wright, 28, left, of Toronto.
GRAVES Struck and killed