Toronto police release video of alleged intentional crash that killed teenager

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A Toronto Police car leads a candlelit vigil to honour the victims of a deadly shooting in Toronto on Wednesday July 25, 2018. Ten-year-old Julianna Kozis of Markham, Ont., and 18-year-old Reese Fallon of Toronto were killed in Sunday's shooting attack, and 13 other people were injured. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Toronto police have taken the rare step of releasing video of an alleged intentional crash that claimed the life of a 16-year-old boy.

The graphic footage posted to YouTube appears to show an SUV on a sidewalk chasing two people, striking one of them from behind and running him over.

Police say the video suggests the crash was intentional.

They’re releasing the clip in an attempt to jog witnesses’ memories of the incident, which happened in the early hours of Oct. 7 and was initially reported as a hit-and-run.

Officers found Matthew Dreaver badly injured, and he died after paramedics took him to hospital.

Const. Victor Kwong says police took the decision to release the video seriously, first making sure the boy’s mother was OK with the footage being made public.