Greater Sudbury Police say an early-morning collision in New Sudbury involving a pedestrian is now being investigated as a homicide.
At around 2:30 a.m. Sept. 7, police received a call regarding the collision in the area of Lasalle Boulevard and Notre Dame Avenue.
The driver of the involved vehicle fled the scene prior to police arrival.
The 30-year-old pedestrian was transported to hospital by paramedics with critical injuries, but was pronounced deceased at the hospital.
“Our deepest condolences go out to his family and friends,” said the press release from police. “His name will not be released out of respect for his family’s wishes.”
Police say their investigation has determined that the driver of the vehicle and victim in this incident were involved in an altercation in the parking lot of the gas station at the corner of Lasalle Boulevard and Notre Dame Avenue prior to the collision.
It is believed that the man sustained a stab wound prior to being intentionally run over with the vehicle.
The involved vehicle, a red four-door Dodge Magnum, was located unoccupied on Mitchell Street.
The driver of the vehicle is described as being white, around 6-1 tall, with a medium build and brownish red hair.
At the time of the incident he was wearing a black t-shirt with a black and red flannel shirt. Police believe the suspect has changed clothes since the incident occurred.
The incident remains under investigation by the GSPS Traffic Management Unit, Patrol Operations and by detectives from the Criminal Investigation Division.
Police said this is believed to be an isolated and targeted incident as the two involved individuals are believed to be known to each other, and they do not believe that there is any danger to the general public.