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Car accidents: Hit-and-run in Ontario injures teen

The Major Collision Bureau was on the scene in Brampton following a hit-and-run accident that injured a 17-year-old boy. Ontario police responsible for investigating car accidents are now on the lookout for the vehicle involved in the accident, whose driver apparently fled the scene. Peel Regional Police have reached out to the community in the hope that someone may have witnessed the accident. 

The accident occurred around 8:30 p.m. the evening of Jan. 24 at the intersection of Bramalea Road and Dewside Drive. It is unclear what the boy was doing at the time he was struck, but it appears the vehicle that struck him was traveling at some 80 km/h. The vehicle was driven from the scene after the collision took place. 

The boy was rushed to a local hospital. The extent of his injuries is unknown at this time, but it has been confirmed that his leg was broken and he was unconscious when he was transported to the hospital. Police are now searching for a vehicle described as a mid-range sedan with damage to its front end. The investigation into the accident itself is still underway, and police hope to uncover more evidence that might lead them to the vehicle involved. 

Hit-and-run car accidents often come with serious criminal consequences. Ontario police will continue their search for the vehicle that injured the boy, and will likely charge the driver when he or she is found. Apart from any criminal charges that may be filed, the boy's family is entitled to file a personal injury lawsuit in civil court against the driver as well. 

Source: The Toronto Star, "17-year-old boy seriously injured after hit-and-run in Brampton", Alina Bykova, Jan. 28, 2017

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