TORONTO: Darya Selinevich faces nine charges in connection with deadly hit and run


Cyclist dead after alleged hit and run, woman faces 9 charges

Darya Selinevich, 22, allegedly fled the scene after the collision

CBC News Posted: Jun 11, 2015 6:59 AM ET Last Updated: Jun 11, 2015 12:49 PM ET

A bicycle lies at the scene of a hit and run that killed a cyclist early Thursday morning in Toronto.A bicycle lies at the scene of a hit and run that killed a cyclist early Thursday morning in Toronto. (Tony Smyth/CBC)

Darya Selinevich allegedly fled the scene after hitting a 44-year-old cyclist who was crossing an intersection.

A 44-year-old man was pronounced dead at Finch Avenue West and Tobermory Road.

The man, who has yet to be identified, suffered “catastrophic, traumatic injuries,” said EMS supervisor Ryan Van Poorten.

Soon after the crash, police located a woman in a vehicle they believe was involved in the incident about 5.5 kilometres away from the scene. She was allegedly driving a badly damaged, dark blue BMW.

Toronto cyclist killedDarya Selinevich, 22, faces nine charges in connection with the deadly hit and run. (Amar Shah/CBC)

Selinevich faces seven criminal charges and two provincial charges.

Of the nine charges, seven are criminal charges:

  • Driving while disqualified.
  • Criminal negligence causing death.
  • Dangerous operation causing death.
  • Impaired operation causing death.
  • Fail to stop after accident causing death.
  • Flight while being pursued by police.
  • Refusing to provide a breath sample, after someone has died.

The two provincial charges are:

  • Driving while under suspension.
  • Driving a motor vehicle with no current validation on the plate.


RCMP raids in GTA made ‘significant dent’ in ‘Ndrangheta crime group

As of today, key cells of ‘Ndrangheta ‘no longer effective’: RCMP

CBC News Posted: Jun 03, 2015 10:49 AM ET Last Updated: Jun 03, 2015 4:24 PM ET

Guns, drugs and cash were seized during this week's raids, which resulted in the arrest of 19 members or associates of organized crime cells, said Supt. Keith Finn of the RCMP's Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit at a news conference Wednesday.Guns, drugs and cash were seized during this week’s raids, which resulted in the arrest of 19 members or associates of organized crime cells, said Supt. Keith Finn of the RCMP’s Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit at a news conference Wednesday.

Tuesday’s early morning police raids across the GTA were linked to a two-year investigation of the notorious international organized crime group known as ‘Ndrangheta, which police say has been effectively dismantled for now.

Known as Operation Ophoenix, the investigation spanned multiple Toronto-area municipalities and police forces including Toronto, Hamilton, Oakville, Brantford, Guelph and Barrie, as well as Waterloo, Niagara, Durham, Peel and York regions, and targeted the highest levels of the organization operating in the GTA. Over 260 officers were involved.

The ‘Ndrangheta is a specific confederation of Mafia families that originated in southern Calabria, Italy, and has since spread to various international regions, including Canada,” said RCMP Supt. Keith Finn, the officer in charge of the Combined Special Forces Enforcement Unit for the GTA. 

“There are two key cells of the ‘Ndrangheta, and I would say they are significantly dented. Today, they are no longer effective,” Finn said, adding elements of the criminal operation, including international drug trafficking, remain active and the investigation is ongoing.

Everyone arrested either had direct or first-generation ties to southern Italy, or was a “facilitator or enabler” of crime, Finn said.

Vlad-Nicolae Precup sentenced to four years in prison for fatal hit-and-run

Ottawa hit-and-run killer gets four years in prison, expresses no remorse

Published on: March 13, 2015
Last Updated: March 13, 2015 6:41 AM EDT

Vlad-Nicolae Precup has been sentenced to four years in prison for dangerous driving causing death and leaving the scene of a fatal crash in the hit and run death of Mitchell Anderson, 38, in 2008.Jean Levac / Ottawa Citizen

Branded in court on Thursday as a killer who lied to cover his tracks, Vlad Precup is going to prison for four years after a judge sentenced him in the 2008 hit-and-run that killed defenceless pedestrian Mitchell Anderson, 38.

Precup not only knew he had struck a pedestrian at the intersection of Rideau Street and Colonel By Drive but he got rid of his sports car days later, then lied to police about it all.

In delivering his sentence on Thursday afternoon, Ontario Superior Court Justice Paul Lalonde said he was stunned by Precup’s testimony, notably when Precup gave a new, wildly unbelievable account on the stand, blaming the deadly crash on another motorist, who unlike Precup, stuck around and went to help Anderson as he lay dying in the street.

Anderson’s daughter read a victim-impact statement saying, “My whole life has been nothing but pain, sorrow, and despair, and a long life of trauma.” She noted that Precup killed not just a father, but a brother and grandfather.

GTA: Marek Albinowski, Wladyslaw Pipient and Robert Fitzsimmons charged with human smuggling

Charges laid after Polish nationals smuggled into U.S. through Ontario

The Canadian Press
Published Tuesday, December 2, 2014 5:08PM EST

CORNWALL, Ont. — Three Ontario residents have been charged with human smuggling after RCMP say Polish nationals were illicitly transported into the United States through a First Nation near Cornwall.

The Mounties say their probe began eight months ago, after U.S. authorities discovered three people from Poland there illegally.

It’s alleged the three accused would meet Polish nationals at Toronto’s Pearson airport or Trudeau International Airport in Montreal and then drive them to Akwesasne Mohawk Territory.

RCMP say they would then enter the U.S.

Sixty-five-year-old Marek Albinowski of Toronto, 69-year-old Wladyslaw Pipient of Markham, and 58-year-old Robert Fitzsimmons of Cornwall are charged with smuggling-related offences, while Albinowski also faces one count of possession of property obtained by crime

They were due in court on Tuesday.

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Certain criminals have no scruples.

That includes an accented woman who approached Franco Gangari, a 74-year-old Woodbridge man in his garage as he sat peacefully with his wife and his neighbour, 81.

After being approached by the female dressed in traditional Romani clothing, he was presented with a bogus story as a way to strike up a conversation about directions.

WINDSOR, ON.: Kornelia Kurti allegedly used identity of deceased 4 year old girl, Rozalia Kovacs

October 6th, 2014

Windsor Police have arrested a local woman who allegedly had two separate driver’s licences, one of which was allegedly in the name of a deceased girl 4-year-old.

Police say investigators, along with the Ministry of Transportation, looked into the history of the two names and learned that the woman had a licence in her own name as well as allegedly adopting the identity of a deceased 4 year old girl, Rozalia Kovacs.

The woman had allegedly been using the identity of the deceased girl since 1997.

Kornelia Kurti, 41, is facing numerous charges.