Saturday, June 30, 2018

Martin Hines 30,of Orangelville in custody after fatal crashes, carjacking in Brampton leads to attempted busjacking in Toronto

A 30-year-old Orangeville man is facing multiple charges following a series of events in which a speeding vehicle led to fatal crashes in Brampton and Toronto, a double carjacking and an attempted busjacking, police say.

Peel Regional Police said they responded to a call of a multi-vehicle collision around 1 a.m. Friday in the area of McLaughlin Road and Steeles Avenue.

Police said a white Mercedes was travelling around 200 km/h on Steeles Avenue near Winston Churchill Boulevard when it clipped a BMW and rear-ended a van.

The 60-year-old male driver of the van, identified as Eddie Chavez Alquinto, was pronounced dead at the scene and his wife, who was in the passenger seat, was taken to hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.

Police said the driver of the white Mercedes then carjacked a Honda Civic at the scene of the collision and headed east along Steeles Avenue into Toronto.

Authorities said the suspect was involved in another crash at Steeles and Kipling avenues after striking a van, which then hit another vehicle.

A 28-year-old male pedestrian was struck by the secondary collision and was transported to hospital in life-threatening condition. Police said in an update Friday evening that he later died of his injuries

“As a result of the secondary impact, between the Dodge Caravan and the white Chevy, there was a pedestrian standing on the southeast corner at the same time,” Sgt. Alex Crews said.

Police said the suspect then got out of the Honda Civic and ran along Markbrook Lane where he carjacked a Nissan Rogue.

After continuing on Steeles Avenue, police said the driver was involved in a third collision at Steeles and Old Weston Road. No injuries were reported as a result of the crash.

Toronto police said the suspect got out of the Nissan Rogue and attempted to carjack a transit bus when he was arrested by officers for impaired driving.

The driver, who has been identified as Martin Hines, was taken to hospital with minor injuries. He is being held in custody pending a bail hearing.

“One fatal is one too many,” Crews said. “But there could have been a lot more serious injuries as a result of this one individual’s actions.”

The suspect is facing multiple charges including dangerous driving causing death, dangerous driving bodily harm, fail to remain causing death, fail to remain causing bodily harm, theft and robbery.

Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact investigators with the Major Collision Bureau at 905-453-2121, ext. 3710 or Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

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