Hwy. 400 Closed Southbound After a Suspected Hit-And-Run Death

Ontario Provincial Police have closed all southbound lanes of Highway 400 near King Road in light of discovering an elderly woman’s body on the highway in the early hours of Thursday. Eye witnesses called in the police to the scene at around 4:20 a.m. after discovering the body on the west shoulder of the highway at Kirby Road. According to OPP, it is investigating the woman’s death as a suspected hit-and-run incident.

The authorities have identified the women as an 82-year-old Vaughan resident, who did not live far from where her body was found. Family reported the women missing at York Regional Police around 10 p.m. on Wednesday, while eye witnesses confirm to have seen her walking along the highway at around 4 a.m. The investigators in charge of the case are looking for a gray 2010-2012 model Ford Escape with a broken mirror and damage to its passenger side. Consequently, a service centre on the southbound side of the highway was closed after the woman’s body was found so that police could interview any possible witnesses.

Police have made a public appeal to ask anyone driving on the Highway in the early hours to come forward to police and provide their testimony to help solve the case. Meanwhile, all southbound lanes of the highway are anticipated to remain closed at King Road for at least a several hours as police investigate the fatal collision. Consequently, police have advised motorists to use an alternate route to avoid the closure.

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