NORTH DURHAM: At a news conference last week, Toronto Police said that they’ve made a breakthrough in the death of Chris Skinner, who was beaten, run over by an SUV and left for dead on a downtown street in 2009.
In the early morning hours of Oct. 19, 2009, the charismatic 27-year-old Uxbridge native, who served as Student Council President while a student at Port Perry High School, was killed after getting into an altercation with the passengers in a black SUV near the corner of Adelaide St, East and Victoria St. in Toronto’s Entertainment District after celebrating his sister Taryn’s birthday.
In a new development in the case, police claim that Skinner was trying to hail a taxi when he made contact with a passing SUV. At that point, the passengers in the vehicle got out and kicked him to the ground before returning to the SUV, at which point the driver drove over Skinner’s body and away from the crime scene.
At a news conference on Friday, Oct. 18, police said that they believe they have determined the make, model, year range and colour of the suspect SUV.
"The investigative team is identifying through various databases potential owners of vehicles in 2009, which in turn will lead us to the driver of this vehicle," Det.-Sgt. Stacy Gallant said at a news conference. "We’re not going away. We’re going to keep coming back year after year after year. One of these days we will be knocking at your door, you can expect that to happen."
Two separate rewards - totalling $150,000 - have been offered for information leading to an arrest in the case.
Skinner’s mother Ellen noted at Friday’s conference, that she was confident that those responsible will be brought to justice.
"You don’t get away with stuff like this, not with the team we have working on it. I think it’s important for them to know that they are going to have to answer."