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Driver with suspended licence charged in deadly Ajax hit-run

Durham Regional Police say a woman was found on the roadway

A Durham Regional Police cruiser.
A Durham Regional Police cruiser. Photo by DRPS /Twitter

A 56-year-old man with a suspended driver’s licence is accused of running down a woman with a pickup truck and leaving her for dead on an Ajax street last week.

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Durham Regional Police say the victim was found on the roadway near the intersection of Kingston Rd. and Harwood Ave. around 5 a.m. on Sept. 20.

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“Officers attended the scene and located a 57-year-old female suffering from severe head trauma,” Const. Nicholas Gluckstein said in a statement Wednesday. “The female was rushed to a Toronto-area trauma centre and has since succumbed to her injuries.”

He said investigators reviewed video footage from area security cameras and concluded that a white Dodge pickup truck was allegedly involved in the deadly hit-and-run.

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The pickup had been travelling northbound when it turned into a plaza, struck the woman and then drove off, police claim.

An Ajax man was subsequently identified as a suspect.

James Patton has been charged with careless driving causing death, leave an accident scene/failing to offer assistance – fatality, public mischief, and driving while under suspension.

“He was released on an undertaking,” Gluckstein said.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to call police at 1-888-579-1520, ext. 5217, or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).


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