Police release new information in Mississauga fatal hit-and-run

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Published January 13, 2022 at 2:47 pm

A black Ford Escape SUV like this one is believed to have been involved in a fatal hit-and-run in Mississauga last month. (Photo: Peel Regional Police)

Police hope a more detailed description of an SUV involved in a fatal hit-and-run in east Mississauga will lead them to the person responsible for the death.

Investigators with the Peel Regional Police Major Collision Bureau say they are searching for a black 2008-2012 Ford Escape and its driver in connection with the Dec. 17 incident near Dundas St. and Dixie Rd. that led to the death of a 35-year-old Markham man.


Suresh Tharmakulasingam, who was originally from Brampton before moving to Markham, was struck down while crossing Dundas St. at about 9:15 p.m.

He remained in hospital for a week before succumbing to his injuries on Dec. 24.

Police say Tharmakulasingam was crossing Dundas St. mid-block on foot from north to south, just west of Dixie Rd., when he was struck by the eastbound SUV in the curb lane.

He had just left a restaurant and was heading back to his tractor-trailer, which was parked at a gas station, police say.

The driver of the Ford Escape SUV left the scene without stopping or rendering any assistance to the fallen man, police say.

Investigators note that the SUV should have front-end damage as a result of the collision. They encourage the driver to contact a lawyer and turn themselves in to police.

Police and family members are appealing for witnesses or anyone who may have dashcam footage of the incident or any other information to contact investigators.

Anyone with information is urged to call police at 905-453–2121, ext. 3710 or Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477, where information can be provided anonymously.

Suresh Tharmakulasingam

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