Barrie Crash Suspect on Trial for Fatal Hit-and-Run of International Student


The individual implicated in a fatal collision which unfolded in Barrie the previous month was present at court on Monday. The hearing was held while law enforcement assembled additional evidence aimed at determining the circumstances preceding the tragic end of International student, Varsil Patel.

Hailing from India, Patel was engaged in his post-secondary education at Georgian College in the field of computer programming. His life was abruptly extinguished in the midst of navigating the intersection at Big Bay Point and Leggott Avenue, en route to his workplace, Circle K, shortly after the clock marked 10 p.m. on July 21.

Barrie police have revealed that the operator of the vehicle believed to have played a role in the catastrophe made the decision to depart the scene. In the aftermath, discoveries were made regarding a damaged vehicle in a nearby parking facility down the road, which had subsequently been engulfed in flames.

Legal authorization in the form of a search warrant was granted and subsequently put into action concerning the vehicle, as per the narration offered by the police. Following this, a 19-year-old Barrie man became the subject of an arrest, with charges placed against him which included fatal dangerous driving and neglecting to halt following an accident which resulted in death. The man was able to secure bail and is expected to make his following appearance via video connection towards the end of September.

Confidentiality measures in the form of a publication ban are in place, safeguarding any evidence that may arise in court during this time. Nevertheless, law enforcement authorities have relayed to CTV News that investigators successfully seized the object of their search. Their efforts were directed towards extracting information from the vehicle’s internal computer system corresponding to the time enveloping the accident.

In a commendable demonstration of compassion, a GoFundMe initiative was established with the intention of raising funds to cover the expenses involved with repatriating Patel’s remains to India, as well as to provide financial support to his family who benefited from his remittances from Barrie. The campaign witnessed a remarkable level of support, collectively raising in excess of $40,000.

Patel’s workplace, Circle K, expressed its grief over their coworker’s departure by displaying flowers accompanied by a note articulating their sorrow for his loss. In response to the tragic news, the flags adorning the premises of Georgian College’s Barrie campus were respectfully lowered.

With the issue currently in legal proceedings, the Barrie police have shared that they will refrain from releasing further commentary pertaining to the case. It should be noted that at this point in time, the charges against the accused are yet to be verified in court.


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