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Body found on the side of Hwy. 404 in Markham

Last Updated Apr 24, 2018 at 12:07 pm EDT

Section of Highway 404 closed off after a body was found on the side of the northbound lanes on April 23, 2018. CITYNEWS

Ontario provincial police are investigating after a 20-year-old was found dead on the side of Highway 404.

Emergency crews were called to the northbound lanes near Major MacKenzie Drive East in Markham around 10:30 p.m. on Monday.

OPP Sgt. Kerry Schmidt said the victim was struck by the vehicle, and the driver fled.

“We have one 20-year-old man who has passed away, was killed on the scene. Killed by the vehicle as he was a pedestrian on the roadway,” Schmidt said.

“We are appealing for the driver of that vehicle, who did not remain at the scene, to come forward.”

Schmidt said there was debris across the highway and that there would be noticeable damage to the vehicle.

“There would be significant damage to the front end and possibly right side of this vehicle,” he said.

“At this point, investigators don’t believe that there is anything that driver could have done to have avoided this collision.”

No details have been released on why the victim was on the highway at the time of the crash.

The section of highway was closed for the majority of the evening and into the early morning. It reopened around 6 a.m. Tuesday.