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Driver arrested, identified in fatal Danforth hit-and-run

Last Updated Dec 31, 2015 at 3:40 pm EST

Toronto police have arrested the driver of a vehicle involved in a fatal hit-and-run.

A 63-year-old man was attempting to cross Danforth Avenue, at Gillard Avenue, just before midnight on Wednesday when he was struck by a vehicle heading westbound. He was rushed to hospital where he later died.

The driver did not remain at the scene.

Police said they were looking for a model year 2000 brownish-grey Toyota Corolla with damage to the front end.

The vehicle was located on Thursday morning and a woman in her 20s was arrested, Const. Clint Stibbe told 680 NEWS.

Meron Guizzardi, 27, of Mississauga has been charged with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death, criminal negligence causing death and failing to stop at the scene of accident causing death.

She is scheduled to appear in court on Friday at 10:00 a.m. at 60 Queen Street West.

According to police, 38 pedestrians have been killed on city streets this year.

“The highest we’ve ever had on record was in 1972, we had 83 pedestrians that were killed,” Stibbe told CityNews.

He also said the number of traffic-related collisions has doubled since then.

“Back in 1972, we had about 40,000 collisions. As of current years, we’re looking between 60,000 to 70,000 collisions a year,” Stibbe said.

However, on a positive note, he said the fatality rates have decreased.