On August 9, 2020, at approximately 9:45p.m., a male was walking in the parking lot of 61 King Street in the City of Barrie.  At this time, a motor vehicle accelerated through the parking lot, struck the male and ran over him. The driver and the vehicle fled the scene and did not stop to render assistance. The victim was subsequently taken to a local hospital and was later airlifted to a Toronto area Trauma Centre where he was treated for life altering injuries.

On August 12, 2020, officers from the Barrie Police Service responded to an incident where a male was found asleep at the wheel of a motor vehicle. While investigating that incident, one of the officers observed what appeared to be fresh damage to the motor vehicle and found it to be consistent with the pedestrian struck fail to remain motor vehicle collision that occurred on August 9, 2020. During the course of the investigation, the driver was uncooperative, however, based upon what was observed by police, the motor vehicle was seized and a full forensic examination was conducted. The subsequent examination that was conducted was able to link both the vehicle and the driver to the pedestrian involved collision that had occurred on August 9, 2020.

Yesterday, as a result of the ongoing investigation, detectives from the Barrie Police Service arrested and charged a 26-year old male from Barrie with Dangerous Operation of a Motor Vehicle Causing Bodily Harm and Failing to Stop at the Scene of a Collision, contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada. He is scheduled to appear at the Ontario Court of Justice located in Barrie on January 11, 2021.

Occurrence #: BA20040778
Prepared by: Peter Leon, Corporate Communications Coordinator


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