‘My uncle was a very special person’: Family asks for information in fatal Mississauga hit-and-run – Toronto | The Canadian News

Relatives of a 35-year-old victim who died in a Mississauga hit-and-run remembered him Thursday as a kind and hard-working man, asking the driver of the vehicle that hit him to come forward.

Peel Regional Police say Markham resident Suresh Tharmakulasingam was crossing Dundas Street East near Dixie Road on December 17 at around 9:15 p.m. from the north side of the road to the south side when he was struck by a black vintage Ford Escape.

He was taken to hospital with life-threatening injuries and died a few days later.

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The driver who hit Tharmakulasingam fled the scene, police said.

“My uncle was a very special person to me,” Tharmakulasingam’s nephew, Ariz Manothkumar, told reporters Thursday at the scene of the accident.

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“I don’t know what I’m going to do without him… He was always there for my birthdays, he was always there when I was sad and he always lifted my spirits. always made me happy…

“When I got the news when he was in a car accident for the first time, all I had was questions: What happened? As a step? It’s fine? He died? What happened? After we got the news… that he had died, I didn’t know what to feel. I was numb,” Manothkumar said.

Tharmakulasingam just got married at the end of October. His wife is in Sri Lanka, relatives said.

Suresh Tharmakulasingam, 35, died after a hit-and-run in Mississauga last month.

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Manothkumar Selvarasa, the victim’s brother-in-law, told reporters that Tharmakulasingam was a “very nice person” and a “wonderful worker.”

“My family, they all loved him,” Selvarasa said.

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Det. Const. Taylor Halfyard said Tharmakulasingam had parked his tractor-trailer in the Petro Canada parking lot and walked across the street to buy a Tim Hortons coffee.

Once he got his coffee, he crossed Dundas mid-block heading south. As he entered the curb lane in the eastbound lanes, he was struck by the vehicle, Halfyard said.

Police described the car as a black Ford Escape from 2008 to 2012.

Police said investigators identified the suspect vehicle as a dark-colored 2008-2012 Ford Escape, which may have damage to the front end.

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Halfyard said speed is not believed to have played a significant factor in the collision.

Both the police and Tharmakulasingam’s family appealed to the driver to turn himself in. Anyone who may have information about the collision or relevant video footage is also asked to contact investigators.

“I know he probably panicked, but he deserves whatever jail sentence he gets,” the victim’s nephew said.

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Halfyard said they have already spoken to several witnesses and obtained surveillance video from nearby establishments.

“Our goal is to bring closure to Suresh’s family, who rightfully deserve it,” Halfyard said.

Relatives and police officers spoke to the media from where the fatal crash occurred.

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