In a hit and run in Scarborough this past weekend, a baby boy was injured along with his mother and grandmother. The baby's father is seeking justice after his family's hospitalizations.
Standing on the curb of Ellesmere Road near Pharmacy Avenue, baby Daniel, 20 months, his mother, 37, and grandmother, 57, were struck by a grey 2015 Dodge Journey when the driver ran a red light and came up onto the curb. Instead of stopping to see if the pedestrians were okay, the driver drove off quickly.
The incident, which happened around 11 am on October 13th, is no longer an accident in Daniel's father's eyes. "Accidents happen but ... this is a crime now because you left the scene. You basically might have left them there to potentially die. Luckily they survived, but that's the way I see it," Brent tells CBC News.
Daniel was in a stroller at the time of the impact with his mother and grandmother standing alongside. All three were taken to the hospital to be treated for injuries.
Police are currently looking for three individuals in connection to this incident: Cory Munroe, 49, Derek Desousa, 34, and Amanda Rioux, 30. Police believe Desousa was the driver and a warrant has been issued for his arrest. The vehicle was abandoned soon after the incident but police were able to capture security footage of the passenger.
After his family was struck, Brent reports he received a call from a Toronto police officer telling him his son was at SickKids Hospital and was hit by a vehicle. The police transported Brent to the hospital to see his son. His wife and mother-in-law were being treated simultaneously at Sunnybrook Hospital. Brent says the baby boy is 'doing well' and his wife and mother-in-law are healing.
Toronto Mayor, John Tory, spoke about the incident saying there was "nothing the city could have done to prevent [it]," reports CBC News. He also said the family was doing nothing wrong and were not at fault either.
This is an absolute tragedy.— John Tory (@JohnTory) October 13, 2019
I hope police find those responsible and they are held responsible. I fully support an increase in penalties for those involved in collisions with pedestrians and even steeper consequences for those who flee the scene. https://t.co/0rwhsZnAQC
Patrick Brown, the head of the Coalition for Vulnerable Road Users, stresses the consequences the driver and people involved will face. "I don't know how anybody processes just a complete lack of decency and humanity to be in that situation and leave a 20-month-old toddler injured with two other individuals at the side of the road and then take off," he stated. The criminals involved are looking at up to 14 years in prison if the justice system does its job, and even more time if drugs or alcohol were involved.