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UPDATED: Check yoursurveillance cameras for Dodge Ram pickup wanted in fatal hit-and-run, police say



Niagara police detectives are asking the public and businesses to check their surveillance cameras in case they captured images of the vehicle wanted in a fatal hit-and-run on Saturday night.

A 33-year-old woman died after she was struck a dark-coloured Dodge Ram pickup truck in a rural area of Niagara-on-the-Lake. The driver never stopped and fled the scene.

Police have not released the identity of the victim, but pastoral worker Wilfred Bout said in an online GoFundMe post on Tuesday that she was a migrant worker from Mexico named Zenaida. 

On the GoFundMe page, Bout says Zenaida was the mother of two girls, ages seven and 11. He said he has been in contact with her family in Mexico and the page is being used to raise money for funeral costs and ongoing care and education for the woman's children.

On Tuesday, Niagara Regional Police asked people to check cameras on Niagara Stone Road between Concession 7 Road and the Old Town area of Niagara-on-the-Lake on Aug. 17 between 10:20 and 11:20 p.m.

They also are seeking images from the area of Queenston Road and York Road east and west of Concession 7 Road in NOTL, between 10:50 and 11:20 p.m. on Aug. 17.

Police said the woman was walking alone on the shoulder of the southbound lane of Concession 7 Road near Line 6 about 11 p.m. when she was hit by the southbound pickup truck. 

The woman was walking to a nearby residence when she was run over.

The driver sped off and was last seen heading south, away from the scene. A passing motorist alerted police.

The woman initially was taken to hospital in Niagara Falls, but was later transferred to an unnamed out-of-region trauma centre in critical condition. Bout said she was taken to Hamilton General Hospital. She died of her injuries Monday afternoon, investigators said.

Police said they are hunting for the driver of the dark-coloured Dodge Ram with a model year between 2010 and 2020.  It will be missing the passenger side mirror housing. Investigators also asked the public and collision repair shops to be on the lookout for the vehicle.

“The detectives are continuing to work the investigation,” said police spokesperson Phil Gavin. “They have also received some tips from the public.”

Anyone with information is asked to call detectives at 905-688-4111 extension 5500.   

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