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Thursday, June 13, 2024
Truck suspected in fatal hit-run undergoes forensic examination
Police have located a pewter coloured 1999 GMC Sierra pick up truck that was involved in a NOTL hit-and-run. (Niagara Regional Police)

The pickup truck that police suspect struck and killed an 84-year-old Niagara-on-the-Lake cyclist has been sent to the Centre of Forensic Sciences in Toronto for a detailed forensic examination.

Investigators will be searching for evidence, including DNA, that could confirm the vehicle is the one that hit Nestor Chemerika on July 13.

He died July 25 in hospital in Hamilton. No charges have been laid.

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

Niagara Regional Police seized a pewter-coloured 1999 GMC Sierra pickup in Niagara Falls six days later.

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 mirror, police said.

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

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

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

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

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