Constable charged in hit-run
61-year-old in critical condition after undergoing surgery

Driver walked back to victim, then returned to car, police say


A police constable has been charged with leaving the scene of an accident after a vehicle hit and critically injured a 61-year-old man early yesterday on Queen St. E., between Carlaw Ave. and Leslie St.

The victim, who remains in critical condition after surgery for head injuries and two broken legs, wasn't carrying identification.

Police located relatives at about noon yesterday and family members are now at his bedside. The victim's name has not been released.

The car stopped after hitting the man just before 3 a.m., and the driver walked back to the victim lying on the roadway before returning to his vehicle and speeding away, said Detective Paul Lobsinger.

Witnesses told police the man was wearing a white T-shirt and black pants. The car was described as a small white vehicle.

"This gentleman may lose his life as a result of these injuries," Lobsinger said during a news conference yesterday at the traffic services garage on Strachan Ave., near King St. W.

"They are life-threatening injuries," he said. "The person responsible for this should be brought to justice ... he should be held accountable. He made a ... decision to stop, have a look and leave the area."

Lobsinger said the vehicle was travelling east on Queen when it struck the victim, but investigators don't know if the man was crossing the street at the time or if he'd collapsed on the roadway.

Investigators were told by witnesses that the vehicle disappeared after turning south on Caroline Ave.

Later yesterday afternoon, a man turned himself in at 55 Division, on Coxwell Ave. and Dundas St. E., police said.

Martin J. Sloper, 27, of Toronto, was charged with failing to stop at the scene of an accident causing bodily harm.

Sloper has served as a police constable at 55 Division for the last two years, police said.

He was released and will appear in court at Old City Hall on Oct. 21.

Lobsinger said anyone with information should call investigators at 416-808-1900 or Crime Stoppers at 416-222-8477.

With files from Priya Ramanujam