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Police to canvass area where cyclist was killed in Whitchurch-Stouffville

Last Updated May 24, 2018 at 2:06 pm EDT

Daunte Thompson-Bruce. Image Credit: FACEBOOK

Police in York Region will be canvassing for witnesses and any information after a cyclist was killed in a hit-and-run earlier this week.

Around 6 a.m. on May 22, police were called to the area of Ninth Line and Bethesda Side Road for reports of a cyclist being struck.

Police said a passer-by stopped when they noticed the cyclist on the roadside.

The cyclist, identified as 20-year-old Daunte Thompson-Bruce, was pronounced dead at the scene. Police believe he was riding south on Ninth Line when he was struck at some point between 2 a.m. and 6 a.m.

On Wednesday, his grieving family made a plea for the driver to come forward.

“You took away a brother, a son, probably a father in the future,” the victim’s father Dwayne Bruce told the media before breaking down, unable to continue his statement.

Police said they believe the driver was fully aware of what happened.

“This is the greatest fear any parent could know. Your baby you nurtured through life, your baby who had dreams and aspirations, is now hurt, alone and not knowing if he would ever see his mom and dad, his two younger brothers and his sister ever again,” the victim’s mother Felicia Thompson said.

Investigators say it’s still too early to determine what type of vehicle struck the victim. They have released an image of a bike similar to the type Thompson-Bruce was riding at the time.