Driver of dark SUV injures pedestrian while fleeing a crime scene in Toronto

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Toronto – A man walking home from work was struck and injured Wednesday night by a driver of a dark SUV driving through a North York intersection.

The 43-year-old pedestrian was taken to hospital in critical condition with multiple major injuries, according to Toronto Police Service spokesman Mark Pugash.

Pugash said the man was hit by a large metallic SUV around 7:30 p.m. near Cathcart and Bellwoods in the North York area.

He was crossing the intersection at Bellwoods when the vehicle hit him, causing the collision. The driver stayed at the scene.

The investigation is ongoing.

The incident sparked a firestorm of local reaction.

‘Who is responsible?” wrote one viewer on a Fox News web site about the crash.

“I will demand a road rage bill,” wrote another.

Andrea Fejzic of The Sun wrote a public letter to Toronto Mayor John Tory offering to be a traffic safety volunteer.

“When I am upset or angry about these things I ask people to join me … be part of the solution and set an example by not contributing to traffic disorder and senseless death.”

There were hundreds of words of sympathy for the victim by Twitter users, including praise that he is a school teacher.

“For a total stranger to be hit by a vehicle? Sad, until you know the gentleman he is and the suffering he went through due to this tragedy! Heartbreaking,” said one post.

“Words cannot describe the grief I feel for the man that was hit by a vehicle this evening,” wrote another.

The incident comes days after a pedestrian was struck and killed Saturday in a Toronto neighbourhood that only recently celebrated a crackdown on cars that pass too close to the curb to make it safer for pedestrians.

That incident – also in the Kildonan-East area – involved a Toyota that was making a right turn when it ran into a woman crossing in the crosswalk. The driver was cited by police for failing to stop and safely offer a safe passage to pedestrians.

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