A man remains in custody after three adults and one teenager died and a child was sent to hospital following a hit and run late Sunday in the northwest end of London, Ont., police say.
A 20-year-old male driver from London was arrested at Oxford Street West and Cherryhill Boulevard, near Cherryhill Mall.
He’s expected to make a court appearance Monday afternoon, Const. Sandasha Bough of the London Police Services told a media briefing outside the scene.
There’s no word on whether charges will be laid.
Emergency crews were called to the scene at Hyde Park Road, just south of South Carriage Road, at about 8:40 p.m. ET Sunday.
A woman was pronounced dead at the scene. Another woman, a man and a teenager died in hospital. The child remains in hospital.
Neighbours say speeding common
Paige Martin, a nearby resident who was driving at around 8:30 p.m. that night to get gas, was stopped at a red light facing southbound when she saw “a flash of black” speed by, shaking her vehicle as it passed.
She proceeded to the gas station. On her way back home, looking in her rearview mirror, she saw cars backed up on Sarnia Road and emergency vehicles arriving.
“It was just chaos, and there were people everywhere running, and citizens just trying to direct emergency vehicles where to go. There was pointing and screaming, and arms waving. It was just absolutely like something that you never want to see,” said Martin.
Kristin, another nearby resident who did not want her last name published for privacy reasons, was at home making dinner with her fiancé when the couple heard the crash. They ran out of the house to investigate, but she didn’t realize how severe the situation was until they saw cars begin to pull over.
She said her fiancé saw a large black truck drive away from the scene.
Bough couldn’t confirm if the man who was arrested was driving a truck.
“I didn’t see the truck, but my fiancé did,” said Kristin. “And he said it was one of the really big ones, like an extended back. Couldn’t tell if it was four-door or not. He slowed down for like five seconds, then went as fast as he could out of there. So it’s just terrible.”
Kristin said that in the three months she has lived in the area, she tends to avoid riding her bike on the road because of speeding drivers.
Hyde Park Road was closed between Sarnia and Gainsborough roads as police investigated. The intersection near where the crash happened has a Peavey Mart (formerly TSC Stores) on one corner. There’s a new set of lights at the intersection, and a new subdivision behind the Peavey Mart.