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Woman hit by suspected drunk driver near U of T dies of injuries

Last Updated Mar 22, 2018 at 5:43 am EDT

Toronto police investigate after a woman was struck by a vehicle in the Huron and College streets area on March 15, 2018. CITYNEWS

A 21-year-old woman who was struck by a wrong-way driver near the University of Toronto last Thursday has died of her injuries.

Police say the woman was hit by a suspected drunk driver while crossing the street at a marked crosswalk at Huron and College streets around 2:30 a.m.

The woman was thrown quite a distance away, landing behind some construction fencing.

She was rushed to hospital with life-threatening injuries. Police said she passed away on Tuesday.

The 19-year-old driver fled the scene, but police located the SUV in the Spadina Road and Eglinton Avenue area in Forest Hill.

Rylan Balappa-Lawes, of Mississauga, was originally facing five charges including criminal negligence causing bodily harm, fail to stop after accident causing bodily harm, impaired operation of a motor vehicle causing bodily harm, over 80 milligrams operation of a motor vehicle causing bodily harm, and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing bodily harm.

Those charges are expected to be upgraded.