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Police release video of driver in fatal hit-and-run of Steven Doyle

Toronto police have provided security camera footage in connection with the fatal hit-and-run of Steven Doyle, 27, who was struck by a minivan on Monday, following what friends of the victim believe was a botched drug deal. 

Police believe Doyle, known around the Regent Park community as “Steve-O,” was struck by a blue Dodge Caravan travelling at a high rate of speed near Gerrard Street East and Jarvis Street around 5:45 pm, according to police.

The video shows the driver of the van that hit Doyle. According to Det. Steve Henkel, the footage shows the moment the driver abandoned the van and fled on foot. 

“As you can see, he takes care in removing his dark… jacket with white stripes,” Henkel said. “He begins to wipe the inside of the vehicle, showing that he is evidence conscious, attempting to remove any fingerprints. As he closes the door does the same to the exterior of the door and door handle.”

Police say the driver of the van deliberately drove onto the sidewalk and struck Doyle, but haven’t confirmed his motive. They located the van later in the evening. 

Officers also believe that at the time of the incident, Doyle was with one or two other men who the police still have not identified

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Steven Doyle, 27, was killed in a hit and run in downtown Toronto on Monday. (Toronto Police )

Investigators are asking for the public’s help in locating the driver. He is described as having brown skin with a light complexion, standing between five feet eight inches and five feet 10 inches tall with a slim to medium build and dark brown shoulder-length hair in ponytail.

“It’s only a matter of time before we identify [him] and take him into custody,” Henkel said. 

On Monday he was wearing a dark shirt and prescription glasses with rectangular frames.

Doyle’s death is Toronto’s 42nd homicide of 2016.

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Police investigators on the scene of a fatal hit-and-run in downtown Toronto on Monday. (Mehrdad Nazarahari/CBC)

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