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Police seize vehicle they suspect was involved in NOTL 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)

Niagara Regional Police have located a vehicle they suspect was involved in the hit-and-run of 84-year-old Niagara-on-the-Lake resident Nester Chemerika.

The truck, a pewter coloured 1999 GMC Sierra pickup, was found in Niagara Falls on Tuesday, July 19.

A police statement said that “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 are asking auto part recycling businesses and wrecking yards in Niagara to report any suspicious sales since July 13.

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.”

Chemerika was riding his bike on East and West Line near Concession 2 Road on July 13 when he was struck by a vehicle at around 7:50 p.m., police said.

Chemerika was found in the ditch with serious injuries and taken to a Hamilton hospital where he underwent two surgeries.

His neighbour, Don Lees, previously told The Lake Report that Chemerika had surgery on his arm and leg.

He also said Chemerika has a broken bone in his face and that a muscle on the back of his leg was badly injured.

He said Chemerika rides his bike several times a day along roads in the area.

Police said he’s currently in serious but stable condition.

After striking Chemerika, the vehicle fled the scene southbound down Concession 2 Road to York Road, where it turned west toward St. Davids, investigators said.

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 the hours of 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on July 13 for a 1999 GMC Sierra pickup truck.

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

*With files from Julia Sacco

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