Man charged in fatal hit and run of pedestrian

A man has been charged in the fatal hit and run of a pedestrian Jan. 3 on Indian Line near Concession 2.

Norfolk County OPP had been searching for the person and the vehicle responsible for hitting the pedestrian and after appealing to the public for help, 39-year-old Jermaine O’Raine Syblis of Haldimand County, has been charged.

Police had appealed to the public and auto repair shops and scrapyards to keep an eye out for a white coloured Volkswagen Atlas, Sport Utility Vehicle between the years of 2018 to 2022. The vehicle had extensive damage to the front and was last seen heading eastbound on Indian Line towards King Street in Hagersville.

The hit and run happened around 4:47 a.m. on Jan. 3 between Mohawk Road and Villa Nova Road when the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Norfolk County Detachment and Six Nations Police, along with local fire and EMS, responded to an Indian Line address in Townsend for a collision involving a pedestrian.

As a result of an investigation, members of the Norfolk County OPP Detachment, Norfolk OPP Crime Unit and Haldimand Norfolk Community Street Crime Unit executed a search warrant at a David Street, Haldimand County address.

As a result, police took the accused into custody without incident and seized a motor vehicle.

The man is charged with failing to stop at accident resulting in death.

The accused was held in custody and was scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Simcoe on Jan. 10.

“The OPP would like to take the opportunity to thank all our media outlets and members of the community who came forward and provided information surrounding this investigation,” said Inspector Jodi Kays, Detachment Commander, Norfolk County OPP.

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