Man arrested in hit-and-run that killed 30-year-old woman – Toronto

Police have arrested a man in connection with a hit-and-run collision in Toronto that killed a 30-year-old woman from Scotland, Global News has learned.

On April 14, Toronto Police Department officers were called to Spadina Avenue and King Street West over reports that a pedestrian had been hit by a vehicle.

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According to officers, the collision took place around 3:16 a.m

Police said the woman was “within the south lanes of Spadina Avenue” when she was hit by a vehicle traveling “at high speed”.

She was taken to hospital with “life-threatening injuries”.

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Officers confirmed that she died in hospital on Saturday.

The woman’s family has identified her as Erin Yoxall from Scotland, who had lived in Canada for eight years.

According to the police, the driver of the car – a white Mercedes AMG GT convertible with a red interior – fled.

The suspect vehicle was found by officers Monday.

Global News has learned that 42-year-old Ertug Direkolglu has been arrested after surrendering to police.

The court records show that the accused has been charged with obstruction and resistance to a peace officer, public mischief, dangerous operation resulting in death and failure to stop after an accident resulting in death or serious bodily injury resulting in death.

The accused was also charged in 2014 in connection with an investigation in which the York Regional Police Department seized more than $500,000 worth of cocaine in what was dubbed “Project Tugboat.”

Erin’s parents – Roseanne and Anthony Yoxall – said when they got the call in Edinburgh that their daughter had been hit by a vehicle in Toronto, it was “torture”.

However, Roseanne said she was grateful for the way the hospital supported her daughter until they arrived from Scotland.

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Anthony Yoxall holds the hand of his daughter Erin Yoxall in hospital after she was hit by a vehicle in Toronto.

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Anthony shared a photo he took in the hospital the morning he said goodbye to his daughter.

He said the photo has brought him some closure.

Anthony said that when people see the photo, he hopes people know there is responsibility for their actions.

“A selfish, unjust person did something without any idea of ​​(the) effects on people.”

He said he and his wife are “devastated”.

“Now we have to look to our future and change our lifestyle and everything we have to do,” he said.

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Anthony said their beloved daughter gave them both “heartache” and “pleasure.”

He said that Erin would return to Edinburgh every Christmas.

“When she’s with us, it’s a great joy,” he said. “And that’s the part we’re going to miss so much, because we’ve only seen her once a year.”

He said Erin “made her home in Toronto.”

“She embraced the city,” he said.

Anthony said she worked for the Vector Institute for Artificial Intelligence.

“She did a master’s (degree) at the University of Toronto and she had great things ahead of her,” he said. “That has been taken from her, from us and from all the people who support her. She was in such a great position and it just ripped out of our hearts and our lives.”

According to the Yoxalls, Erin had attended a party with a friend the night she was hit. She was walking home early Thursday morning when the collision occurred.

Her parents said before the accident that Erin had decided on her own to become an organ donor. Her donation is expected to help about 20 people.

“Erin was an incredible person,” Roseanne said. “Very clear and very progressive. She would have been furious with me if we had ended her life and she would have considered all those options an absolute waste.”

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The Yoxalls said they will remain in Canada for their daughter’s funeral and to help clear Erin’s apartment.

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