OTA donates $4K to Crime Stoppers; hopes to help catch trucker involved in hit and run

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TORONTO, Ont. — The Ontario Trucking Association (OTA) is making a $4,000 donation to Crime Stoppers in an effort to help find the trucker believed to have been involved in a fatal hit and run on the QEW west of Toronto this week.

The incident happened at about 2:39 a.m. July 17 between Ontario St. and Bartlett Ave. in the Toronto-bound lanes of the QEW near Beamsville, Ont.. A white Volvo tractor clipped a Ford Aerostar van, sending it careening into a steel barrier and then into a ditch. An 11-year-old boy was killed and other occupants seriously injured.

Police say the truck left the scene. It’s believed to have damage to its front right side.

The OTA decided to assist with the investigation by donating to Crime Stoppers. Anyone with information leading to an arrest is eligible for a $2,000 reward from Crime Stoppers. (It should be noted, Crime Stoppers policy limits the reward to $2,000 – the OTA donation will go towards Crime Stoppers itself).

“The truck driving community is proud of its historic reputation as Knights of the Road; our men and women are recognized as highway heroes who offer their assistance to fellow motorists across our nation’s highways every day,” said Brian Taylor, OTA chair. “The unfortunate incident that occurred on July 17 does not reflect our industry’s proud driving heritage and commitment to safely sharing the road with the motoring public.”

Anyone with information should call PC Scott Orsan at the Niagara OPP Detachment at 905-356-1311 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).

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