Victim in East York homicide identified

Police are still looking for suspects of the fatal hit and run on Cedarvale Avenue

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Flowers were landed down at the scene as a tribute to the victim Chris Cammalleri/Toronto Observer

The East York community is mourning the death of 16-year-old Matthew Dreaver after he was identified by police as the boy who was struck by an SUV on Oct. 7.

The police brief early on Tuesday afternoon and press release provided many details on the case. This incident took place after Dreaver and a 14-year-old friend of his had gotten into a dispute with the two occupants of the vehicle behind Shoppers Drug Mart at Woodbine Avenue and O’Connor Drive just before 2 a.m.

After the initial altercation the two teens fled from the scene on foot but were held up only a few minutes later when the men in the SUV caught up to them on Cedarvale Avenue near Bracebridge Avenue.

The boys then ran south towards the Stan Wadlow Clubhouse, where the suspect then allegedly jumped the crib and then struck Dreaver from behind whist he was attempting to flee.

In addition to the ongoing investigation from police, they are have released a video showing the vehicle in question driving out of the Shoppers Drug Mart parking lot after the altercation had occurred.

Although the quality of video is not perfect police are looking for any tips or information on the vehicle and its whereabouts.

According to witnesses the men fled west along Bracebridge Ave. and north on Woodbine after the hit-and run took place.

Details of the suspects and the vehicle have since been released.

The vehicle used in the incident is being described as a black, four-door, small SUV of unknown make or model. It appeared to be clean but has damage to its front end.

The passenger is described as being male, white, 5-foot-10 to 5-foot-11, and having short to balding hair. The driver of the vehicle is described as male, white, 20–35 years old, 5-foot-10 to 5-foot-11, and having a round face with short to balding hair

When contacted, police did not yet comment on whether they had video of the hit and run taking place despite the nearby CCTV cameras at the Kiwanis community pool.

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