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Man charged in alleged Hwy. 400 hit-and-run that killed woman with Alzheimer's

The traffic backup due to the southound Highway 400 closure between King and Teston roads on Aug. 7, 2014. CITYNEWS

A 40-year-old Bradford man has been charged after an 82-year-old woman with Alzheimer’s was struck and killed on Highway 400 in Vaughan early Thursday.

The suspect turned himself in and his vehicle was seized, the OPP said.

The man, who was not identified, is charged with failing to stop at a scene of a motor vehicle collision involving death.

Police say the victim, Chandrowtie Basdeo, from Vaughan, wandered into the right lane on foot where she was clipped by a passing vehicle.

According to Basdeo’s brothers, she was struggling with Alzheimer’s disease and had wandered away from home before. When they noticed she was missing, they began searching.

Apparently she walked seven kilometres between her home and the 400.

Calls came in to police around 4 a.m. about a pedestrian walking on the southbound lanes of the highway, south of King Road. When police arrived at the scene, officers found a woman lying on the roadway.

Police are asking anyone who may have been in the area at the time to contact them if they witnessed anything.

The highway was closed from King to Teston roads for the investigation. It reopened just before 9 a.m.

Hwy. 400 collision
Police at the scene on the southbound Highway 400 after a fatal collision investigation involving a pedestrian on Aug. 7, 2014. 680News/Carl Hanstke