TORONTO – A 24-year-old from North York is in custody after a road maintenance worker was struck on Highway 401 on Sept. 12.
The driver initially fled the scene.
The vehicle and the driver have now been located and identified, said Sgt. Kerry Schmidt in a video on the Ontario Provincial Police Highway Safety Division’s X (formerly known as Twitter) account today (Sept. 13).
“We now have the driver who we believe is responsible in custody facing charges,” said Schmidt.
“He is charged with dangerous driving causing bodily harm along with failing to stop at the scene of a crash that resulted in bodily harm, in addition to driving while suspended.”
The injured man is still in hospital with life altering injuries, Schmidt added.
The vehicle, a 2018 black Corvette, was located abandoned in a parking lot in southern Scarborough.
The incident took place in the early morning hours while the worker was assisting with line painting on the highway.
Witnesses reported seeing a vehicle described as a black Corvette or sports car.
“Witnesses also report seeing that vehicle on Warden Avenue after the collision travelling at a high rate of speed,” he said on Sept. 12. “We do have pieces of this car at the scene, black, probably bumpers or fenders of some sort.”
The section of highway was closed overnight for roadwork.
“There was a full closure of the 401 for line painting and lane realignment,” said Schmidt. “The closure began at Leslie (Street). That’s where the vehicle broke through the construction closure. Traffic was being diverted to the express lanes, this vehicle did not and as workers were out doing their work down by Victoria Park…that’s where this worker was struck.”
The eastbound collector lanes from Highway 404 remained closed until noon Sept. 12 for the investigation.