More than three months after a man was hit by a car and left to die in a Cabbagetown alley, the Toronto police service accused a woman of causing death and ran away from the scene.
Force Traffic Services identified a vehicle of interest five days after the death of a pedestrian, a 57-year-old police who did not identify it. However, it took more time for the investigators to determine who was driving at the time of the incident, sergeant Brett Moore spokeswoman said on Friday in an interview.
Michelle Shemilt, 35, from Toronto, was arrested Thursday. She faces two criminal charges: failing to stop at the scene of the accident involving death and causing death through criminal negligence.
She is due to appear at the Park College on February 14th.
"I have nothing to say, thank you," said Mrs. Shemilt when she contacted The Globe and Mail.
Shortly after the call, he closed the Facebook and Twitter accounts. He did not respond to an email query.
The founder of NUMI, a women's lady mark, Ms Shemilt got a media attention after she left her banker's job last seven years, and raised $ 47,000 online to launch her fashion business.
The fatal accident occurred on a rainy afternoon on Friday, September 21st.
Sgt. Moore said an ambulance was called around 4:00 pm. after a man was found with serious trauma, at the intersection of Nuthatch Lane and Doctor O Lane.
"It looks like the person was assaulted and only after the autopsy we realized that the person was hit by a vehicle," Sgt. Moore said.
On Sunday, September 23rd, the police made a public appeal for witnesses or people who might have collision video images. Three days later, the investigators seized a vehicle to conduct forensic tests. However, it took another month before the investigators had enough evidence to determine who the driver was, Sgt. Moore said.
According to LinkedIn's profile, Ms. Shemilt worked at RBC Capital Markets in 2007-2011.
In an email she shared five years ago with the Babes on Bay Street blog, she said she lost her enthusiasm in banking and returned to modeling at the age of 28, then "listened to me the instincts of "fashion business, originally called Nudy Patooty.