Police Seek Public's Help Identifying Vehicle in Fatal Hit-and-Run

Ontario Provincial Police seek public help to identify a dark-colored Mazda hatchback or sedan involved in a hit-and-run death near Smiths Falls. The victim, 34-year-old Steven Tate, was found deceased on November 8, 2023, after being reported missing on November 4.

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Police Seek Public's Help Identifying Vehicle in Fatal Hit-and-Run

Police Seek Public's Help Identifying Vehicle in Fatal Hit-and-Run

The Ontario Provincial police are appealing to the public for assistance in identifying a dark-colored Mazda hatchback or sedan believed to be involved in the hit-and-run death of 34-year-old Steven Tate near Smiths Falls, Ontario. Tate, a resident of Montague Township, was found deceased at the side of Highway 15 on November 8, 2023, several days after he was reported missing on November 4.

Why this matters: This tragic incident highlights the importance of road safety and the need for responsible driving habits. By solving this case, the OPP can bring closure to the victim's family and send a strong message to drivers about the consequences of reckless behavior.

Investigators have release video images of the suspect vehicle, which has distinctive front passenger side damage. "The OPP is providing new details on a suspected hit and run fatality near Smiths Falls and you could help us resolve this case," the OPP stated in their appeal for information.

The OPP East Region has shared the video footage on their social media platform, X (formerly Twitter). They are urging anyone who may recognize the Mazda or who saw a vehicle matching the description with the noted damage to come forward. The incident is believed to have occurred sometime after 8 p.m. on November 4, 2023, the last day Tate was seen alive.

Anyone with information related to this case is asked to contact the Lanark OPP detachment at 1-888-310-1122, referencing case number E231493903. Anonymous tips can also be submitted to Lanark County Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

The OPP's public appeal underscores the critical role that community assistance can play in solving cases like this fatal hit-and-run. By releasing key details about the suspect vehicle, including surveillance footage, investigators are hoping that someone will come forward with the tip needed to identify the car and driver involved in Steven Tate's death. As the investigation continues, Tate's family and the Smiths Falls community are left mourning this tragic loss of life on their local roadways.