A Brampton man has been charged with first-degree murder after a pedestrian was struck and killed at a small plaza early Sunday morning.
Police were called to Torbram Road and Peter Robertson Boulevard at approximately 1:45 a.m. for reports that a pedestrian had been hit.
The victim, a 34-year-old male from Caledon, was transported to a local hospital, where he was pronounced dead, Peel police Const. Bally Saini told CBC Toronto Sunday morning.
At mid-morning Sunday, police tape marked off a large swathe of the plaza parking lot, and several coloured police markers were scattered on the ground.
Homicide detectives were called in “due to the suspicious circumstances that are involved in the incident,” Saini said without elaborating.
A police news release issued Sunday afternoon said the victim was struck by a pick-up truck that remained at the scene.
In a follow-up call, Saini said the suspect and victim were known to each other, but she would not elaborate on the nature of their relationship. She also said that the suspect remained with the truck and was arrested at the scene. She could not provide details about what led to the victim being hit.
The afternoon news release said that Avtar Dhammi, 38, of Brampton was arrested on Sunday and charged with first-degree murder. He appeared at the Ontario Court of Justice in Brampton and was remanded into custody, the release said.
Anyone with information is asked to call Peel police at, ext. 3205, or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 800-222-TIPS.