Man charged in deadly Scarborough hit and run

A 24-year-old man is facing charges in connection with a deadly hit-and-run collision that occurred overnight in Scarborough, police say.

Police say pickup fled scene after pedestrian struck at Kennedy and Eglinton

Fatal hit and run


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A U of T student was killed in a hit and run on Sunday, police say. 2:13

A 24-year-old man is facing charges in connection with a deadly hit-and-run collision that occurred overnight in Scarborough, police say.

Toronto police were called to the scene of a collision at Kennedy Road and Eglinton Avenue East, at about 12:45 a.m. Sunday.

Investigators say the victim was attempting to cross Kennedy Road when he was struck by a northbound Ford F-150 pickup truck that fled the scene.

Kennedy Road is closed in both directions between Corvette Avenue and Merrian Road. (CBC)

Police have not named victim, but he has been identified by family as Rafsan Alam, a 22-year-old University of Toronto student, who lived just a few blocks from where he was struck.

His uncle, Mohamad Alam, said his nephew was "a very good boy."

The family has been touched by tragedy before: the victim’s own brother drowned as a child in Bangladesh, before the family came to Canada.

The 22-year-old male victim was pronounced dead at the scene.

Late Sunday evening, police issued a press release announcing that charges had been laid against Anthony Sowkey, a 24-year-old man.

The accused faces six charges, including dangerous operation causing death, criminal negligence causing death, impaired driving causing death, as well as failing to stop at the scene of an accident causing bodily harm and then death.

Among those six charges is a single count of robbery while armed with a firearm, which relates to an alleged taxi robbery that occurred just minutes before the hit and run.

Police say the accused is due to appear in a Toronto court on Monday morning.

With a report from the CBC's Ivy Cuervo