Police identify London woman killed trying to stop alleged truck theft

Police have identified the 32-year-old woman who was fatally injured when she tried to intervene during an alleged truck theft as Christina Smith of London.

Christina Smith, 32, was fatally injured when she tried to stop a truck from being stolen according to police

The victim was hit at this intersection, according to witnesses, at approximately 9pm Thursday. (Kate Dubinski/ CBC News)

Police have identified the London woman who was killed in a hit-and-run Thursday night in the city's east-end. 

Christina Smith, 32, died of her injuries after she tried to stop a 1999 grey Chevrolet Silverado from allegedly being stolen from a driveway near Moffat Avenue.   

Investigators say Smith was hit when the suspect fled in the Silverado. She was rushed to London Health Sciences Centre, where she was pronounced dead. 

The Silverado was found unoccupied Friday morning in the area of Clarke Road and Trafalgar Street.

Police are still looking for the driver.

Police were already in the area Thursday night

Shortly before the fatal incident with the Silverado, police were investigating another stolen pickup truck, this one a black Chevrolet, driving in the area of Hamilton Road and Egerton Street.

Nearby residents describe police officers in the area of Trafalgar Street, between Highbury Avenue and Clarke Road, trying to use spike belts to stop the stolen vehicle. 

"Next thing you know, 10 cops start flying down the street with their lights on but no sirens," said Chantelle Damota, who was picking up her husband at around 8:30 p.m. 

The black pickup was found shortly before the hit-and-run in the same neighbourhood. Police said they may be looking for the same suspects in both incidents. 

Const. Kim Flett said police tried to use the spike belt but the vehicle stopped before officers could do so. 

The London police's major crime unit is investigating the fatal incident.

Ontario's police watchdog, the Special Investigation Unit, said it is making "preliminary inquiries" into a hit-and-run in London's east end. 

The SIU investigates all reports involving police in Ontario when there is serious injury, death or allegations of sexual assault. 

When they were contacted Thursday night, the SIU, did not invoke its mandate, but it can do so at any time, said London police Const. Kim Flett. 

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Kate Dubinski

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Kate Dubinski is a radio and digital reporter with CBC News in London, Ont. You can email her at kate.dubinski@cbc.ca.