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Relatives urge driver to come forward

More than a week after a hit-and-run severely injured their loved ones, Alice Lee and Jim Jones still don’t know who left the two women for dead on the side of the road.

More than a week after a hit-and-run severely injured their loved ones, Alice Lee and Jim Jones still don’t know who left the two women for dead on the side of the road.

There were few witnesses the morning of Feb. 17, police said, and none who could identify the driver.

Yesterday, Lee and Jones — strangers until the accident brought them together — urged the driver to step forward and face the consequences of their actions.

“Please, don’t be a coward, be brave,” pleaded Lee, whose sister Cecelia Chang, 59, suffered a broken pelvis and five broken ribs after being hit by two cars within minutes.

Chang was crossing Midland Avenue near McNicoll Avenue around 6:13 a.m. on her way to work when she was struck by a Toyota making a left turn, police said. The driver stopped to help, as did Cathleen Jones, another motorist.

But as the Good Samaritan tended to Chang, both women were hit by a second car — a black Honda Accord — travelling south on Midland at about 50 or 60 km/h, said Det. Const. Julie Mahoney, one of the investigating officers.

Jones, 53, is being treated for broken hips, pelvis, femur and ankles, Mahoney said.

Jim Jones, her husband, said it was “just natural for her” to help someone in distress, since she has CPR and emergency training.

Speaking to reporters yesterday from Sunnybrook Hospital, Lee and Jim Jones said the women’s lives have been irrevocably changed by the accident.

“They’ll never be the same,” Jones said solemnly. “Because of the trauma and shock, (Cathleen)’s lost a lot of memory of the accident.”

 
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