Humber student killed in Brampton hit and run

Jeremy Appel
News Editor

A Humber student has died after a hit and run in Brampton this week.

The 21-year-old pedestrian, whose name has not been released, was struck by a dump truck on Kennedy Road, just north of Steeles Avenue East, around 6:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The truck’s driver fled the scene of the accident, which is a Highway Traffic Act (HTA) of Ontario violation. Under the Act, drivers are required to stay at the scene of an accident and render all possible assistance.

It was the third lethal hit-and-run in the GTA this week.

In Parkdale, an 18-year-old woman was killed by a motorist around 10:30 p.m. Saturday, while Mandy Saini, 25, was died after being hit in north Scarborough just after 6 a.m. on Tuesday.

On average, six pedestrians are hit by vehicles each day in Toronto, according to the CBC.

A 2012 report from Toronto Public Health reveals “that pedestrians account for 52 per cent of all fatalities and 11 per cent of all injuries from collisions with motor vehicles in Toronto,” despite comprising a mere 7 per cent of accidents.

In the period from 2008 to 2012 examined, more than 10,000 pedestrians and 5,000 cyclists were injured or killed due to a collision with a motor vehicle in Toronto.

Sultan Singh Bhamber, 61, of Brampton was charged with one count of failing to remain at the scene of an accident causing death in relation to Wednesday’s incident. He’s slated to appear in a Brampton court Dec. 21.

If convicted, he risks a fine of between $400 and $2,000, up to six months in jail, six demerit points, a license suspension of two years and a large increase in insurance rates.

The deceased student was completing a three-year diploma program at North campus. Anyone with further information is urged to call Peel police at 905-453-2121 x. 3710, or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

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