A 21-year-old Guelph, Ont., man has been arrested in the hit-and-run death Sunday of 24-year-old Grace Glofcheskie, thanks to information provided by the public.

According to a release, Guelph police arrested the man at a motel in the north end of Guelph just after 10 a.m. ET Tuesday. 

​"Certainly we received a ton of information from the community," said Guelph police spokesman Const. Mike Gatto. "That played a role in us being able to come to a quick arrest in this case.

"What I was told by the investigators was that a lot of the information that came forward certainly filled in the pieces and without it we probably wouldn't be where we're at this quickly." 

Around 2:35 a.m. on Sunday on Woolwich Street, Glofcheskie, a University of Guelph student who was doing her master's degree and was a member of the Gryphons golf team, was hit and killed by a stolen 2007 Ford Escape SUV. The vehicle rolled, and the driver fled on foot. 

"We're pretty happy here that we're able to bring this family a quick arrest. They've got so much that they're going to go through, and so much pain that they're going to go through, probably for the rest of their lives because of this," Gatto told CBC News.

"I know this is just a small piece for them, but to be able to — for our investigators to be able to call them this morning and say, 'We got him,' I'm sure that's going to lift a piece of the weight that they've got on them." 

The man in custody has been charged with:

  • Breaking, entering and theft.
  • Possession of property obtained by crime over $5,000,
  • Criminal negligence causing death.
  • Dangerous driving causing death.
  • Flight from police causing death.
  • Breach of probation.

Police won't release the name of the man until he appears in bail court, which is scheduled for Wednesday in Guelph.