Hit and run, sexual assault keep Peel police investigators busy

It’s been a week where Peel Regional Police have been run off their feet.

It means it’s been a busy week chasing criminals.

The latest is chasing a hit and run driver. This incident was not on a dark road with no cameras or witnesses for hundreds of yards around. In fact this man hit by a car was adjacent to the Dixie Value Mall.

“The vehicle did not remain at the scene,” said Const. Bancroft Wright of Peel Regional Police.

But the man struck at South Service Road and Haig Boulevard was the first focus on witnesses and first responders. He was rushed to hospital by ambulance “with life threatening injuries.”

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It has been a very busy few days for Peel police. And areas of the city not noted for crime have had some major ones. First was the Erin Mills area which was rocked by a sexual assault of an 80-year-old woman in the Sawmill Valley Trail, near Rainbow Cres. Then it was the graffiti attack on the Wal-Mart at the South Common Mall, which a day after the United States of America opened its embassy in Jerusalem, threatened to kill “Republicans” and hinted something could happen Friday.

And now a serious hit and run.

When it rains it pours, but it shows that crime can hit anywhere at any time. We saw that a month ago when an autistic man was allegedly assaulted by three men at the bus station in the Square One Parking lot. That incident caught on video outraged people around the world, but Peel Police appealed to the public for help and got back the names of two of the three suspects which they later apprehended. A third remains on the lam but if he thinks he’s home free, he does not understand the determination amongst the detectives in 12 Division who are still actively pursuing that.

The same energy is being put into this horrible crime just of the QEW at Dixie Road. The hit and run occurred at about 1:20 p.m. Peel detectives were starting the process of going through video cameras to determine just who it was that hit this man and then sped off.

Wright said descriptions will be made available once police have a chance to gather it together. In the meantime, the person who did this would be wise to drive straight to the nearest police station they can find. It’s only a matter of time. As Wright said this is a fluid situation but efforts are underway to save the man and bring to justice whoever it was who hit him.

They are also hard at work trying to solve who sexually assaulted the 80-year-old woman and was behind the concerning graffiti vandalism. These are three cases that so far there are no suspects for. But this is no deal Peel which not only find who committed their crimes, but has a good record of gaining convictions too.

It may be a busy week for crime in Peel Region but it may end up being equally as busy for defence lawyers.

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