Police find vehicle in hit and run that killed pedestrian visiting from New Brunswick

Police have located an SUV that was involved in a fatal hit and run last week, but investigators are still searching for the driver involved in the collision.

Debbie Graves of Riverview, N.B. killed while walking on sidewalk last week

'She was a devoted wife and mother,' Debbie Graves' obituary reads. (Tuttle Brothers & Riverview Funeral Home)

Toronto police have located an SUV that was involved in a fatal hit and run last week, but investigators are still searching for the driver involved in the collision.

The incident happened Oct. 4 shortly after 11 p.m. at York Mills Road, west of Don Mills Road. Police said a Nissan Rogue was travelling west on York Mills, left the roadway, hit a woman as she walked along the sidewalk and then returned to the road and continued west.

The woman, 63, was pronounced dead at the scene. She has been identified as Debbie Graves of Riverview, New Brunswick.

Toronto police Const. Clint Stibbe said she went out for dinner with a co-worker the night of the crash, and was struck while walking back to the Westin Prince hotel.

The vehicle that police believe was being driven by the 28-year-old woman when Graves, 63, was hit on the sidewalk of York Mills Road. (Toronto Police Service)

In an online obituary, Graves is remembered as a creative woman who loved gardening and sewing, and was "a devoted wife and mother."

"She was at her happiest during time spent with her family," the obituary reads.

Numeris, the company Graves worked for, issued a statement to CBC Toronto Wednesday saying it was shocked and saddened to hear about the accident.

"Debbie Graves was an incredibly valued member of our team and we will miss her greatly. This is an ongoing police investigation that we hope is resolved quickly," the statement reads.

Vehicle's owner uncooperative

The vehicle involved in the collision was found at a Toronto auto repair shop last Friday. It is a grey, 2014 Nissan Rogue, with Ontario licence plate BVVH 900. The vehicle has damage to the right front headlight as well as the right fender and fog light.

The 2014 Nissan Rogue has Ontario licence plate BVVH 900. (Toronto Police Service)

The vehicle is registered to a 28-year-old Toronto woman who police have now identified as a person of interest. 

"This individual had a responsibility to report the collision to police — not because she's the driver, but because she's the owner of the vehicle," Stibbe told CBC Toronto.

Police also say she has been uncooperative with their investigation.

Somebody needs to be held responsible for what's happened.- Toronto police Const. Clint Stibbe

Officers are asking for the public's help in determining who was driving the SUV between 10:30 p.m. on Oct. 4 and 1:30 a.m. on Oct. 5. 

"We have a family that's been destroyed as a result of an action of a driver, "Stibbe said. "We are asking the driver, if you are listening: contact a lawyer and then contact police.

"It's a tragic story and the reality is, somebody needs to be held responsible for what's happened."

A 63-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene Oct. 4. (Tony Smyth/CBC)

Investigators are also asking businesses and people living on the following streets to contact police if they have any video surveillance footage of that evening:

  • Birchwood Avenue 
  • Fenn Avenue 
  • Gordon Road 
  • Munro Boulevard 
  • Old Yonge Street 
  • Owen Boulevard 
  • Upper Highland Crescent 
  • York Mills Road 

Anyone with information can reach police at 416-808-1900 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS (8477).