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Police looking for 3 people after baby boy seriously injured in Scarborough hit and run

Toronto police are searching for three Toronto residents — Cory Munroe, 49, Derek Desousa, 34, and Amanda Rioux, 30 — after a hit and run seriously injured a baby boy in Scarborough on Sunday.

Driver also seriously injured 2 women standing on sidewalk with baby in stroller

Toronto police are investigating the hit and run in Scarborough where three pedestrians, including a 20-month-old baby boy, were struck. (Andy Hincenbergs/CBC)

Toronto police are searching for three Toronto residents — Cory Munroe, 49, Derek Desousa, 34, and Amanda Rioux, 30 — after a hit and run seriously injured a baby boy in Scarborough on Sunday.

Two women, 37 and 57, one of whom may be the mother of the 20-month-old baby, were also seriously injured in the collision.

Police said the driver struck the pedestrians at the intersection of Pharmacy Avenue and Ellesmere Road. Emergency crews were called to the scene at about 10:50 a.m.

The vehicle involved was a grey, 2015 Dodge Journey, with Ontario licence plate ANXC 265, police said.

Toronto paramedics rushed the baby boy to a trauma centre with life-threatening injuries in an emergency run. His condition has since been upgraded to very serious, police said Sunday night. Paramedics also took the two women to a trauma centre in serious but non-life-threatening condition. 

Police say a vehicle similar to this one was involved in the collision. (Toronto Police Service)
 

Insp. Mandeep Mann, spokesperson for the Toronto Police Service, told reporters at the scene that the two women were standing on the sidewalk and the baby boy was in a stroller when all three were struck.

"What I do know is that contact was made as all three were on the sidewalk," Mann said on Sunday. "The young boy, the 20-month-old boy, was in a stroller and you can probably see remnants of that stroller here."

When police and firefighters arrived on the scene, they found all three with "obvious" injuries, he said. 

Police said Dodge Journey was travelling eastbound on Ellesmere Road and crossed the intersection when it struck the pedestrians on the south corner.

At that point, investigators believe a passenger of the vehicle got out, looked around, assessed the scene, and fled on foot southbound on Pharmacy Avenue.

As a result of the impact, the front licence plate became dislodged from the vehicle and was left at the scene, police said.

Police release image of passenger who got out of vehicle

Police have released a photo of the passenger who got out of the vehicle.

Mann said investigators have video of what occurred from local businesses and what happened right after the collision, and the photo of the passenger is from that video.

Police have released this photo of the passenger of an SUV that struck the three pedestrians. He fled on foot from the scene. (Toronto Police Service)

Persons of interest urged to surrender

Police are seeking the public's assistance in locating Munroe, Desousa and Rioux.

They are asking anyone who witnessed the collision, has dash-cam or video footage, or any knowledge pertaining to the persons of interest, to contact Traffic Services at 416-808-1900.

With files from Muriel Draaisma and Julia Knope