Toronto Police investigators and the father of a young woman killed in a hit-and-run collision are appealing for the public’s help in identifying the suspect.
On August 30, Celeste Jones, 34, was struck and killed while crossing Sheppard Ave. E. between Abbotsfield Gate and Palmdale Drive shortly after 10.20 p.m.
The driver sped off after hitting Jones, who was standing in the middle turning lane while waiting for vehicles to pass.
“Not a lot of information is known about our suspect, but we have plenty of information because of the help of the Centre for Forensic Sciences about the suspect vehicle,” said Moore.
Police are looking for 2007 to 2009 dark or metallic grey Mitsubishi Lancer.
“That vehicle is going to have a damaged or broken front windshield because we found glass shards in Celeste’s clothes,” Moore pointed out. “In addition, the vehicle is going to have a loud or modified muffler and it has fog lamps. So we know that this type of traffic crime could have happened to anybody and we want that to resonate with people. If you realize your neighbor had a vehicle that we have described and it’s no longer there or it maybe has had recent repairs or if you are a body shop owner, wrecking yard owner or employee, I want you to go back and think of any repairs you have done and get in contact with investigators.”
The appeal is part of the awareness and enforcement Safety for Pedestrians Campaign that runs from November 4 - 10, 2019. There have been 31 pedestrian deaths this year.
The Jones family is appealing to the suspect to turn himself in.
“Celeste was a special gift for us,” said her father, Clayton Jones Sr. “She was like God’s gift to us and that’s why I am saying to that driver that you need to do right and the proper thing and turn yourself in. Come forward and speak to the authorities so we can put closure to this and feel better about it.”
Anyone with is asked to contact investigators at 416-808-1900; Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477), online at 222tips.com, online on our Facebook Leave a Tip page, or text TOR and your message to CRIMES (274637). Download the free Crime Stoppers Mobile App on iTunes, Google Play or Blackberry App World.
Crime Stoppers Toronto Coordinator Det. Dimitrios Tsianos said many lives were affected the day Jones was struck and killed by the driver.
“I urge you, if you have any information, to call police. If you wish to remain anonymous you have that outlet in Crime Stoppers. You will remain anonymous, but the suspect will not.”