In a hit-and-run in London, Ontario, four pedestrians were detained after being hit and killed by a vehicle.
Police said a man was still in custody after the deaths of three adults and a teenager, and a child was taken to hospital after a hit-and-run incident in the northwestern tip of London, Ontario, on Sunday night.
A 20-year-old male driver from London was arrested on Oxford Street West and Cherryhill Boulevard near Cherryhill Mall.
He is expected to appear in court on Monday afternoon, Const. Sandasha Bough of the London Police said at a media briefing outside the scene.
There is no news as to whether allegations will be filed.
At around 8:40 p.m. EST on Sunday, emergency workers were called to the scene on Hyde Park Road, south of South Carriage Road.
A woman was pronounced dead at the scene. Another woman, a man and a teenager died in the hospital. The child is still in the hospital.
Neighbors say speeding is common
At about 8:30 that evening, nearby resident Paige Martin drove to refuel. When she saw “a black light” speeding by, she stopped at the red light heading south and passed by Shook her vehicle at the time.
She continued to walk to the gas station. On the way home, she saw in the rearview mirror that the cars on Sarnia Road had stopped and emergency vehicles had arrived one after another.
“It’s just chaos, people are running everywhere, citizens just want to direct the ambulance where to go. Someone is pointing, screaming and waving their arms. This is definitely something you never want to see,” said Martin.
Another nearby resident, Christine, did not want to disclose her last name due to privacy reasons. When the couple heard of the car accident, she was having dinner with her fiance at home. They ran out of the house to investigate, but she didn’t realize how serious the situation was until they saw the car starting to pull over.
She said her fiance saw a big black truck driving away from the scene.
Bough could not confirm whether the arrested man was driving the truck.
“I didn’t see the truck, but my fiance did,” Christine said. “He said it was a very large one, like an elongated back. I don’t know if it was a four-door. He slowed down for five seconds, and then left there as fast as possible. So it was horrible.”
Christine said that during the three months she lived in the area, she tended to avoid cycling on the road because the driver was speeding.
During the police investigation, Hyde Park Road between Sarnia and Gainsborough Road was closed. There is a Peavey Mart (formerly TSC store) on a corner of the intersection near the accident site. There is a new set of lights at the intersection and a new market segment behind Peavey Mart.