Charges laid against accused drunk driver in fatal Scarborough hit-and-run

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Rachael D’Amore, CTV News Toronto

Published Friday, December 22, 2017 12:43PM EST

Toronto police have laid six charges against a 28-year-old man accused of driving drunk in Scarborough on Thursday afternoon, fatally hitting and killing a woman who was attempting to cross the road.

Shortly before 3:30 p.m., police say a 40-year-old woman was walking across Kingston Road at Warden Avenue when she was struck by a man travelling west in a Chevrolet Equinox.

Const. Clint Stibbe said the woman was struck with enough force that she ended up “quite a fair distance” away – about 45 metres – from where she was struck. She died at the scene.

“She was crossing the east side of the intersection. From where she was crossing the roadway to where she finally ended up on the road,  it’s quite a fair distance,” Stibbe said, adding that the vehicle in question suffered heavy damage.

“We have to keep in mind that we have to look at this as part of the collision reconstruction in order to determine what speed that vehicle was travelling at.”

The driver, who initially drove away from the scene, was arrested a short time later in the Queen Street and Kingston Road area.

On Friday, police announced charges against the driver.

A suspect identified as 28-year-old David Opalka has been charged with impaired operation of a motor vehicle causing death, alcohol content of over 80 mg while operating a motor vehicle causing death, criminal negligence causing death, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death, failing to stop at the scene of an accident to provide a name and failing to stop at the scene of an accident causing death.

He appeared briefly in a Toronto courtroom this morning where his case was put over until January. During the appearance, he asked the judge for time to obtain a lawyer.

Investigators want to speak with anyone who witnessed the collision or the suspect vehicle after it fled the scene.

Anyone who was driving in the Kingston Road area, near Warden Avenue and Queen Street East, on Thursday afternoon and has a dashboard camera installed on their vehicle is being asked to call police or Crime Stoppers.

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