Brampton man charged in ‘horrific’ fatal street racing crash: police


Published April 26, 2022 at 12:51 pm

A Brampton man has been charged with dangerous driving and fleeing the scene of a street racing crash that left a 29-year-old dead.

Around 7:30 p.m. on April 9, emergency crews responded to a single-vehicle crash in the area of Highway 427 and Finch Ave.

OPP Highway Safety Division say it is believed at least two vehicles were street racing when one of the drivers lost control and rolled a vehicle.

Police said a 29-year-old driver from Brampton was ejected from the car as it rolled, and a second vehicle identified as a white Honda S2000 stopped at the collision scene.

The Honda stopped with about a dozen other sport-type vehicles, but police say the cars took off immediately upon seeing police arrive.

The 29-year-old driver was transported to a local hospital where they were pronounced dead.

Witnesses reported seeing the vehicles racing prior to the crash which OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt described as “horrific.”

“The two occupants in (the Honda) stopped momentarily at the scene of the crash and then fled as police and emergency responders were arriving,” Schmidt  said. “We do believe that the three people were known to one another.”

After more than three weeks of searching for the driver of the Honda, police said on Tuesday that 26-year-old Brampton man Harison Wijayawickrama has been charged with dangerous driving causing death and failing to remain at a scene of a collision causing death.

In August 2020, police charged one Harison Wijayawickrama in connection with carjacking incidents across the GTA.

Police say there was also a passenger in Wijayawickrama’s car and officers are still looking to identify that individual.

Anyone with information about the passenger or this incident is asked to contact police at (416)-235-4981.

You can also provide information anonymously by contacting Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or online at

Police thanked members of the public for providing assistance and tips to Crime Stoppers and the Toronto OPP.

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