Hamilton man faces charges in hit-and-run death after arrest at Pearson Airport


Published July 27, 2022 at 4:43 pm

A Hamilton man faces a criminal charge related to an alleged hit-and-run death, three months after a warrant was issued for his arrest.

Glen Harison Clark, 42, was killed at 2 a.m. on Friday, April 8 when he was struck by the male driver of a pick-up truck on Upper Wentworth St., just north of the Lincoln M. Alexander Parkway.

The Hamilton Police (HPS) say that continued investigation led to identifying the man who was driving the truck. A warrant for his arrest was issued on April 22, two weeks after the death of Clark.

Investigators later confirmed that the accused yielded further information that confirmed the accused had left the country.

On Tuesday, 34-year-old Omar Batanieh, age 34, also of Hamilton, was arrested at Pearson International Airport in Mississauga. He has been charged with failure to stop after an accident resulting in death.

Batanieh will next appear in court on Aug. 29.

Fourteen people have died this year in Hamilton after collisions involving at least one motorist, which is two more than the total for all of 2021 (which was also a 10-year high). The traffic death of Clark was the ninth of the year.

Brian Woods, a 52-year-old cyclist, was also killed on July 5 after a collision with a motorist on Upper Wentworth.

Anyone with information that might support Hamilton Police with this criminal investigation should contact Det.-Const. Wesley Wilson (905-546-4753).

Information may also be provided anonymously through Crime Stoppers (1-800-222-8477; crimestoppershamilton.com).

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