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Brampton dad's devastating hit-and-run death still a mystery

Police are still looking for the driver involved in the hit-and-run death of husband and dad Hardeep Singh Pahra.

Hardeep Singh Pahra was struck and killed 3 months after immigrating to Canada with his family

Hardeep Singh Pahra, who was married with two children, died last week after he was struck by a truck while cycling in Brampton. (Peel Regional Police)

It's been one week since Hardeep Singh Pahra was killed as he cycled to work in Brampton on a day exactly three months after the 30-year-old father immigrated to Canada with his wife and young children.

A family that Brampton city Coun. Gurpreet Dhillon says are absolutely devastated over the loss of the husband and father.

"[Pahra's wife] was is in really bad shape," said Dhillon. "She was trying to come out and see the place where the accident happened, but it was really tough for her."

Just before dawn on Thursday, Oct. 29, the 30-year-old father of two was struck by a vehicle that failed to remain at the scene. Since then, police have been trying to find out who was driving the vehicle that killed him. Police say they have identified five potential trucks that could have been involved.

Video recovered from commercial premises in the area have identified five vehicles of interest, this is one of them. (Peel Regional Police)

Pahra had to take 2 buses and bike to work

Pahra's background was in engineering. He came to Brampton with his family from Punjab in India.

He did not have a car, and had to take two buses and his bike to get to the factory where he was working. Pahra was cycling between bus stops when he was struck and killed.

"He had about 200 metres left between one bus stop and the other," said Dhillon.

He was cycling down Steeles Ave. west of Albion Rd. around 5:50 a.m. when he was struck, police say possibly by the rear wheel of a transport truck.

But all the what-ifs are leaving the family at a loss.

"Right now they just want answers," said Dhillon. "The whole community wants answers."

The road Pahra was travelling on was six lanes wide, with a speed limit of 80 kilometres an hour. The road has significant truck traffic and no lights on the side.

Not bike-friendly

Dhillon admits there are now questions being raised about the safety in the area. Transit is not readily accessible, and that part of Brampton is "not the most bike-friendly" place, he said.

The city councillor said once police figure out what happened to Pahra, he wants to work with police and regional traffic authorities to see how they can make that stretch of road safer. He said that could mean more lights or more bus service.

"There are discussions that have now begun about that," he said. "Those are discussions that have to be had."

If you have any information about the driver of the vehicle that killed Pahra, contact Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. A fundraising effort has been set up for the family here.

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