Boris Brott, a well-known Canadian conductor and creative director, was murdered in a hit-and-run accident in Hamilton, Ont. on Tuesday.
The Orchestre classique de Montréal (OCM) released a statement Tuesday night saying, “Boris was sadly killed earlier today when he was struck by an automobile in Hamilton.”
Just after 10 a.m., police received a report of a vehicle traveling on the wrong side of the road on Hamilton Mountain.
Twenty minutes later, police said, a pedestrian was struck by the vehicle while in the area of Park Avenue South at Markland Street, just south of the downtown core.
The 78-year-old man, who has now been identified as Brott, was transported to hospital with serious injuries where he was later pronounced dead.
Police allege the driver fled the scene following the crash, but was arrested a short distance away.
Officers followed the vehicle and tried to stop it, according to the province’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU), which is probing the arrest. The suspect vehicle subsequently collided with several police vehicles, the SIU said.
Three officers and the driver were injured during the arrest and were taken to hospital, according to Hamilton police.
Source_ The Canadian Press