Hamilton Police Service (HPS) received information about an early morning hit and run collision in the downtown area. Through an investigation, police discovered the suspects were two 13-year-old females. Since the suspects are minors, law prohibits us to release their names under the Youth Criminal Justice Act.
On April 25th 2019, shortly after 24:00, a grey Toyota sedan was travelling southbound on John Street approaching Main Street East with the right of way. While passing through the intersection, the sedan was struck on the passenger side by a white Toyota Highlander which failed to stop for the red light at the time. The driver of the sedan was not injured during this collision. Police did tell us that the Highlander continued onwards, failing to remain at the scene. A short time later, witnesses allegedly observed the highlander on Spring Street. The vehicle’s occupants exited the vehicle and were seen reviewing the damage and then driving away. Police were called and attempted to respond to the scene as fast as possible but the vehicle was gone on arrival. A license plate for the vehicle was located. Attempts were made to contact the registered owner who turned out to be the father of one involved female.
Shortly before 02:00, police were able to locate the Highlander in a residential area on the mountain. The driver at the time was a 13-year-old female who was in attendance with another 13-year-old female friend. The driver was arrested for “Fail to remain” under the Ontario Highway Traffic Act. When the driver’s father was notified about the incident, he reported that he was unaware that his daughter took his vehicle but did decline to support the criminal charge of “Take Without Consent”. The vehicle was later released to the owner.
Due to the lack of evidence, please weren’t able to prove beyond a reasonable doubt who was driving the vehicle at the time of the collision. The driver was issued a summons for driving a motor vehicle without a license. She is scheduled to appear in court of June 7th 2019 to answer to this specific charge. Police were able to tell us that both the involved parties were reported missing persons at the time of the investigation and they were returned to their residences.