Gas station dragging death arrest made

A man will appear in court Monday charged in the May dragging death of a Mississauga gas station attendant.

A man will appear in court on Monday charged in the May dragging death of a Mississauga gas station attendant.

Peel Police arrested Abdullahi Mohamoud, 22, of Mississauga after a five-month investigation. He faces charges of criminal negligence causing death, fleeing the scene of a fatal accident, theft under $5,000 and breach of recognizance.

Police say that on May 19, a man filled his car with about $75 worth of gas then tried to leave without paying at the Petro Canada station at Southdown Road near Queen Elizabeth Way.

Attendant Atifeh Rad, who was working at the station, chased and tried to stop the car as it fled. Police say Rad, 62, came into contact with the fleeing car and died of his injuries the following day.

Police asked for the public’s help in locating a Nissan Altima seen leaving the scene. A police statement issued Monday said the public’s help was crucial to their investigation.

"Members of the public were instrumental in this investigation, including the many witnesses that came forward and the hundreds of Nissan Altima owners who were interviewed," the release said.

"Investigators recognize that many people were inconvenienced and we would like thank them for their assistance in bringing some closure to this tragic event and to the victim’s family."

Anyone who may have further information about the case is asked to contact the Peel Police major collision bureau at 905-453-2121 ext. 3710.