Wo­man, 63, killed when car jumped curb

Hit-run driver evades po­lice

Toronto Sun - - NEWS - CHRIS DOUCETTE

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.

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The Nis­san Rogue is reg­is­tered to Erin Wright, 28, left, of Toronto.

GRAVES Struck and killed

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