Toronto

Friends mourn Steven 'Steve-O' Doyle, killed in downtown hit and run

Toronto Police are looking for a driver they say deliberately drove on a downtown sidewalk, fatally struck a pedestrian and then fled the scene Monday evening.

Doyle was on sidewalk when driver deliberately struck him, police say

Steven Doyle, 27, was killed in a hit-and-run in downtown Toronto on Monday. (Toronto Police )

A botched drug deal may have led to a fatal hit-and-run in downtown Toronto on Monday, according to friends of the victim.

Steven Doyle, 27, was fatally struck by a minivan on George Street, near Gerrard Street East and Jarvis Street around 5:45 pm on Monday. Police have yet to find the van's driver.

A sign at the spot 27 year-old Steven 'Steve-O' Doyle was killed in a hit-and-run on Monday. (CBC)

Doyle was on the west side of the street when he was struck by a blue Dodge Caravan travelling at a high rate of speed, according to police.

"This is just devastating. I'm heartbroken. I'm heartbroken for his family," Kevin Lee, 43, told CBC News.

Lee says Doyle was a loyal friend, known around the Regent Park community as  "Steve-O."

Kevin Lee says Doyle was a loyal friend, known around the Regent Park community as "Steve-O." 0:40

"You're going to hear stories that it was a robbery, some drug deal gone bad. I don't care about that. He was my friend," Lee said in an interview. 

"To the guy who did this: you're going to get caught, buddy!" 

Toronto Police say the driver of the van deliberately drove onto the sidewalk and struck Doyle, but haven't confirmed his motive.

Mesgna Bayne witnessed a fatal hit-and-run that claimed the life of 27 year-old man on Monday. (CBC)

Mesgna Bayne, 58, witnessed the incident and says there was altercation prior to Doyle getting struck. "The guy who was driving the vehicle threatened him that he would be back. So he went off and he brought a vehicle and he saw him riding the bike and he came from behind and he hit him off."

Doyle was pronounced dead by paramedics on the scene.

(Mark Bochsler/CBC)

Police located the van later in the evening after it had been abandoned by the driver.

Investigators are looking for the public's help in locating the driver. He's described as having brown skin with a light complexion, standing between five-feet-eight inches and five-feet-10 inches tall with a slim to medium build and dark brown shoulder length hair in ponytail. On Monday he was wearing a dark shirt and prescription glasses with rectangular frames.

Doyle's death is Toronto's 42nd homicide of 2016.

Police investigators on the scene of a fatal hit-and-run in downtown Toronto on Monday. (Mehrdad Nazarahari/CBC)