Driver hunted after senior killed in Brampton hit-run
By Alex Consiglio ,Toronto Sun
First posted: Monday, July 16, 2012 01:44 PM EDT | Updated: Monday, July 16, 2012 03:01 PM EDT
Malbinder Singh outside the Nanaksaar Sikh Temple where Joginder Singh, 80, was headed Monday morning when he was struck and killed in a hit and run. (Alex Consiglio/Toronto Sun)
BRAMPTON – Karanvir Dhaliwal awoke Monday morning and thought he was having a nightmare.
His mother sat next to him on his bed and informed him his grandfather, one of his best friends, had been hit by a vehicle and killed just hours earlier.
“I was in shock, I just couldn’t believe it,” Dhaliwal, 19, said in front of his Brampton home on Timberlane Dr., where his grandfather Joginder Singh, 80, also lived.
“How does something like this happen?”
Peel Regional Police Const. Thomas Ruttan said a dark-coloured vehicle struck Singh just after 4 a.m. and left him dead, leaving blood along Timberlane Dr.
After collision reconstruction officers cleared the scene, firefighters washed the road clean. Ruttan could not confirm if Singh had been dragged for a distance.
“We have the vehicle fleeing the scene on at least one camera, from the temple down the street,” Ruttan said, advising the driver should seek legal representation and contact police.
Ruttan said the car likely has damage to its bumper and maybe even its windshield.
Dhaliwal said his grandfather was on the way to Nanaksaar Sikh Temple, just down the street from their house, for morning prayers — a ritual he’d practised for the last 10 years.
“I don’t even see any tire marks from braking,” Dhaliwal said, adding his large family was gathering at his house to support his grandfather’s distraught widow.
Dhaliwal said his grandfather was more like a friend to him, a selfless man who just wanted to spend time with his grandchildren and instill good values in them.
“He wanted to help me make something of my life and always told me to have faith in God because God is the only one that will see you for who you really are.”
Nanaksaar Sikh Temple president
said he saw his peaceful friend Singh at temple everyday and his presence will be missed.
“He came to temple in the mornings, went home, and came back in the afternoon,” said Malbinder. “He was a good man, from a good family — everyone feels really bad, if it was from natural causes it’d be different.”