A Mississauga man has been arrested in a hit-and-run that left a 75-year-old man dead Monday.

Dominik Banka, 28, is in police custody.

Police declined to say exactly what led them to him, but implied a tip from the public may have played a part. Officers said the media carrying the story yesterday helped them.

Peel Regional Police said Charlie Woods, 75, was crossing Lakeshore Road West near Briarwood Avenue at around 10 p.m. when he was struck by an SUV.

Witnesses said the vehicle went through a stop sign as it turned westbound onto Lakeshore from Brant Avenue. Police said it appeared to accelerate before striking the man and didn’t stop after the collision.

Witnesses recorded part of the licence plate and said the SUV may also have a roof rack. Police said the front of the vehicle was substantially damaged.

Police said it’s not clear if the victim, who lived in the area, was in the crosswalk when he was hit.

“He was the most wonderful, beautiful man,” said Barbara Gale, a clerk at a nearby bargain store.

Residents said Woods and his dog Lucy were regular fixtures in the area.

The death marked a deadly week for walkers in the GTA. The elderly man was the eighth pedestrian killed in the region in the last seven days, and the second in Mississauga in two days.

A 54-year-old Mississauga man was killed Sunday when he was struck by a tow truck as he walked with his wife and four-year-old son at Hurontario Street and the Queensway, just steps from Trillium hospital.