Suspect(s) at large following hit-and-run collision in downtown Kingston

A Kingston Police officer takes photos at the scene of a two-vehicle collision that occurred on the night of Tuesday, Apr. 11, 2023, where the occupant(s) of one vehicle involved fled the scene resulting in a heavy police presence and search of the area. The suspect(s) remain at large. Photo by Kingstonist.

Those living just north of Princess Street in the area of downtown Kingston referred to as the “inner harbour” were jolted from their peaceful evening when a collision occurred in the neighbourhood that led to a manhunt.

At approximately 9:35 p.m. on Tuesday, Apr. 11, 2023, two vehicles were involved in a collision at the intersection of Ordnance and Rideau Streets. The impact of the crash was enough to deploy the airbags in both vehicles, however, the occupant(s) of one of the vehicles involved fled from the scene. According to Kingston Police, it is not known how many people were in that vehicle.

As a result, Kingston Police cruisers spread out at intersections around the area as officers, with the assistance of the canine unit, searched the area for the suspect(s). Police remained on scene for over an hour, but the suspect(s) were not located, and the investigation remains ongoing at this time, according to Const. Anthony Gutheinz, Acting Media Relations Officer for Kingston Police.

Gutheinz disclosed that police did seize the suspect’s vehicle, which had been the subject of an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) investigation regarding a vehicle stolen from the Odessa area. Kingstonist has reached out to the Lennox and Addington (L&A) County OPP for further information on that aspect of the matter, but no response was received by time of publication.

The vehicle in question was reportedly seen earlier in the day on Tuesday, Apr. 11, 2023, by a local resident who reported that the driver was travelling recklessly – including crossing solid, double lines and driving on the wrong side of the road – in the area of Days and Bath Roads in Kingston’s west end.

Anyone with information regarding this collision and/or the suspect(s) involved is asked to contact Kingston Police at 613-549-4660.

This is a developing story with more to come. Further coverage will be provided as more information becomes available.

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