73-year-old arrested in Brampton hit and run case

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Twitter posts help in tracing Saleem Farooqui

Investigators with the Major Collision Bureau have charged 73-year-old Saleem FAROOQUI of Brampton with Failing to Remain at the Scene of a collision in connection with a serious personal injury collision that occurred on August 25th 2016 on McLaughlin Road in Brampton.

Twenty-six year old Balveen BAGGA was struck as she rode her bicycle southbound on McLaughlin Road in Brampton.   The driver fled the collision scene without offering any assistance.  BAGGA suffered major injuries in the collision, including a serious head injury from which she continues to recover.

FAROOQUI appeared in court on October 3rd 2016 in answer to the charge and he is scheduled to appear in court again on October 31st, 2016.

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Staff Sergeant Gary Carty of the Major Collision Bureau credits information received from the community as well as information received on the Peel Police Twitter account @peelpolicemedia.  Carty stated, “Twitter went a long way to helping us solve this case.”  Within 24 hours of news of the collision appearing on Peel’s Twitter feed, a number of witnesses contacted investigators which lead to the recovery of significant evidence to support the arrest of FAROOQUI.

Carty went on to say, “These types of investigations are extremely complex, we rely heavily on the public’s assistance.  Without their help our job would be so much more difficult.”

Peel Police Twitter feed

The Peel Police Twitter feed has some 96,000 followers.  The service creates at least 40 tweets per day.  These tweets consist of public safety information, operational information, and organizational information all of which go to serving our community in the best possible way.  Investigators routinely turn to social media to assist in solving crimes as was the case in the arrest of Mr. FAROOQUI.  Peel Regional Police continue to urge the community to follow us on Twitter and Facebook to continue to receive up to date information and alerts that will help us to keep you safe and potentially solve crimes.

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There have been four serious personal injury and/or fatal fail to remain collisions investigated to date in 2016. Only one remains unsolved.  The assistance from the public has played an important role in the successful conclusion of these investigations.

Police are still interested in identifying the driver of a 2003-2007 GMC Savana van or Chevrolet Express, in relation to the January 22nd 2016 collision which saw 65 year old Jogar NIJJAR struck by the right passenger side mirror the GCM or Chevrolet van.  NIJJAR was knocked to the ground then run over by the right rear wheel of the van resulting in very serious but not life-threatening injuries.

Anyone with any information concerning these or any other cases are asked to contact the Major Collision Bureau at 905-453-3311 extension 3710 of Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) -CINEWS

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