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Garson pedestrian fatality: Dump truck identified was not involved in crash

Police believe they have found the correct vehicle

Updated June 12 at 1:37 p.m.: This morning police released a surveillance image of a dump truck and trailer they say was involved in the June 11 fatal collision. However, Greater Sudbury Police now say the dump truck shown in the image is not the vehicle involved.

That dump truck was located and the driver questioned about his whereabouts yesterday. He was in the vicinity at the time of the crash, but was not involved.

However, police are now saying it was a second dump truck and trailer that is responsible for striking and killing an elderly pedestrian. 

Police have not made an arrest and no charges have been announced. GSPS spokesperson Kaitlyn Dunn said the investigation is ongoing. 

Officers are "speaking with the driver" now, she said, and "looking over" the dump truck for evidence. 

Updated June 12 at 1 p.m.: Greater Sudbury Police are reporting they believe they have located the vehicle involved in yesterday's fatal hit and run in Garson, and it is not the dump truck and trailer police were originally looking for.

Tips from the public helped identify the vehicle police say is involved in this collision, which took the life of an 86-year-old man.

The dump truck seen in the image that was previously released by police is not the vehicle that was involved in the crash, but it was in the area at the time of the incident.

GSPS said it received numerous tips from the public, as well as dash camera videos, that led to the identification of what police believe is vehicle responsible. 

The driver of the dump truck that was shown in the previous image came forward to police and was co-operative, GSPS said.

Police have not said they've made an arrests or identified the driver of the vehicle. They have not released any information about the vehicle they say is involved, including make and model. 

Police thank the public for their assistance and the numerous calls, tips and videos that were provided in relation to this investigation.

Original story

Greater Sudbury Police are still seeking any witnesses to yesterday's fatal hit and run in Garson.

Eighteen hours after the accident, the vehicle believed to have been involved in the crash still has not been located. 

Greater Sudbury Police released a picture of a dump truck with an attached trailer they believe was the fatal hit-and-run on Monday afternoon in hopes the public can help them locate it. 

A listener sent the radio station 92.7 Rock an image of a police cruiser parked next to a dump truck and attached trailer parked in the parking lot of the Wal-Mart in the South End. The vehicle appears to match the surveillance camera image released by police.

Police have not said if the image sent to the radio station is the vehicle involved. GSPS spokesperson Kaitlyn Dunn are following up on the credible tips they receive.

"We're just following up on everything right now," Dunn said this morning.

Unfortunately, she added, police can't provide much in the way of details on the vehicle, based on the one surveillance image that's been released. From the pixilated colour image released, the truck appears to be a dark colour, perhaps blue, black or purple, but it's very difficult to tell from the poor-quality image. 

Police are asking any witnesses — drivers, pedestrians, business owners, workers — who were in the area at the time of the crash, and who may have seen something, to contact GSPS at 705-675-9171. 

In particular, police are looking for eyewitness descriptions or video surveillance footage.

Police believe the truck either struck or otherwise came into contact with a pedestrian at the intersection of Falconbridge Road and Penman Avenue at around 3:15 p.m. From the information released by police, it doesn't seem like the truck stopped. Instead, it seems the dump truck and trailer continued southbound on Falconbridge Road toward the Kingsway.

The truck was last seen on Falconbridge Road near the Tim Hortons in Garson.   

The 86-year-old pedestrian who was struck by the truck succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. The pedestrian’s name is being withheld at the family’s request.

The scene of the accident is very long, extending from where the person was struck at Falconbridge Road and Penman Avenue, to where the victim's body was found, near the pedestrian access to Eva Street, a distance of about 500 metres.