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Arrest in hit-run that killed construction worker

Toronto Sun crime reporter Chris Doucette. (Sun files)

By Chris Doucette, Toronto Sun

Toronto Police at the scene after a construction worker was hit and killed at the corner of Eglinton and Midland on Wednesday, October 12, 2016. (Veronica Henri/Toronto Sun)

Toronto Police at the scene after a construction worker was hit and killed at the corner of Eglinton and Midland on Wednesday, October 12, 2016. (Veronica Henri/Toronto Sun)

TORONTO - 

A man has been arrested for last fall’s deadly hit-and-run in Scarborough that cost an innocent construction worker his life and sparked a probe by the province’s police watchdog.

The victim, a father of three young kids, was a member of a work crew cutting concrete near the intersection of Eglinton and Midland Aves. when he was struck and killed by a BMW 328xi on Oct. 12.

At the time, Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit said a Toronto Police officer tried to stop the white luxury vehicle just west of the intersection shortly before the deadly collision.

The BMW fled east on Eglinton toward the construction zone and the cop “followed,” SIU spokesman Jason Gennaro said following the fatality.

“A man, 41, was working on the roadway inside the construction zone,” Const. Clint Stibbe, of Traffic Services, explained Wednesday. “The BMW entered the construction zone and subsequently struck the man.”

The BMW driver sped off from the horrific scene as co-workers frantically rushed to the dying construction worker’s side.

The suspect vehicle was found abandoned on a nearby street soon after.

Nearly three months later, on Jan. 6, Stibbe said an arrest was made in the hit-and-run.

Jovon Henry, 28, of Pickering, is charged with flight from police causing death, leaving the scene of an accident causing death, criminal negligence causing death, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death, possession of property obtained by crime over $5000 and using a licence plate that was not authorized.

Stibbe was unable to comment further on the case because of the involvement of the SIU, which investigates any serious injury or death involving cops.

The SIU has yet to say if a police chase precipitated the worker’s death.

“Our investigation is still ongoing,” Gennaro said Wednesday.

cdoucette@postmedia.com