Fatal hit and run suspect in court
The devastated family of a 22 year old U of T student is now working on his funeral, just days after learning their son, brother, nephew, and cousin had been killed.
Rafsan Alam became the 48th person to die on Toronto roads so far this year, the highest number since 2009.
He was killed early Sunday morning close to Eglinton and Kennedy, which is near the home he lives in with his parents and younger brother. He reportedly told his mother he was going to get cinnamon buns for his sister who was returning to the city from England.
24 year-old Anthony Sowkey appeared briefly in court Monday and his case was put over until October 29th. He's charged with robbery while armed with a firearm, dangerous operation causing death, criminal negligence causing death, impaired driving causing death, failing to stop at the scene of an accident causing bodily harm then death, and operation while disqualified.
The suspect is accused by police of robbing a taxi driver and leaving the scene before eventually striking Alam, who was attempting to cross the street.
Family members say Rafsan was a "good boy" and "amazing person" who was studying business at U of T's Scarborough campus, looking to study medicine when he completed his current program in several months.
His sister says he was a "gym rat" who loved working out.
Out of three boys, he is the second to lose his life thanks to tragedy. The family had already suffered through a previous tragedy when one of their sons drowned in Bangladesh before coming to Canada.