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NOTL cyclist dies of injuries suffered in hit-and-run
Police have located a pewter coloured 1999 GMC Sierra pick up truck that was involved in a NOTL hit-and-run. (Niagara Regional Police)

An 84-year-old Niagara-on-the-Lake cyclist who was seriously hurt in a hit-and-run crash has died of his injuries.

Niagara Regional Police said Nestor Chemerika died Tuesday in hospital in Hamilton.

He had been cycling along East and West Line about 7:50 p.m. on July 13 when he was struck from behind by a truck that left the scene.

Forensic investigators have impounded a truck suspected in the incident.

The vehicle is expected to be sent to the Centre of Forensic Sciences in Toronto for extensive examination for evidence.

Police seized the pewter coloured 1999 GMC Sierra pickup in Niagara Falls on Tuesday, July 19.

Investigators said that after striking Chemerika and leaving him unattended in the north side ditch, the vehicle fled southbound down Concession 2 to York Road, where it turned west toward St. Davids.

Once in St. Davids it turned down Four Mile Creek Road and headed to Niagara Falls.

Police are asking anyone along this route with video footage to review it between 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. on July 13 for a 1999 GMC Sierra pickup truck.

A police statement about the seized vehicle said “detectives noted that the damaged areas had recently undergone repair.”

The truck was repaired with used GMC auto parts, including a used grill, passenger side headlights and a passenger side towing rearview mirror, police said.

Investigators have asked auto parts recycling businesses and wrecking yards in Niagara to report any suspicious sales since July 13, when Chemerika was hit.

As well, they have asked auto body repair shops to report any repairs done to a pewter coloured 1999 GMC pickup truck.

The driver hasn’t been identified and no arrests have been made.

Earlier police issued a statement saying, “The person responsible should contact legal counsel and arrange for a safe and peaceful surrender.”

Anyone with information is asked to call police at 905-688-4111, option 3, extension 1009089.


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