A suspected drunk driver has been charged after a 21-year-old woman was struck by a vehicle in downtown Toronto.
Police say the woman was hit while crossing the street at a marked crosswalk in the Huron and College streets area around 2:30 a.m. Thursday. The driver was going the wrong way on Huron at the time.
The driver has been identified as 19-year-old Rylan Balappa-Lawes of Missassauga.
“She was thrown some fair distance, in behind some construction cladding and beside a dumpster. She is just lucky somebody saw her get hit and was able to search for her,” Const. Clint Stibbe told 680 NEWS.
21 y/o woman critical after hit&run at Huron/College downtown that involved alleged drunk driver. She flew thru air and landed beside dumpster behind construction fencing but luckily witness saw her and called 911. Police later located vehicle/driver. 19 y/o male arrested. pic.twitter.com/uzsW4sPzho
— carl hanstke (@carl680) March 15, 2018
“[The driver] left her for dead. And the reality is, had somebody not seen her get hit, she would have been.”
She was rushed to hospital, where she remains with life-threatening injuries.
The driver fled the scene, but police located the SUV in the Spadina Road and Eglinton Avenue area in Forest Hill.
Balappa-Lawes is facing five charges including criminal negligence causing bodily harm, fail to stop after accident causing bodily harm, impaired operation of a motor vehicle causing bodily harm, over 80 milligrams operation of a motor vehicle causing bodily harm and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing bodily harm.
He will appear in court on March 15.