London police have brought charges against three people in connection with a fatal hit and run that claimed the life of Thou Rom, 38, in April.
Rom (also known as Roeun) was hit and killed by a car while walking near Adelaide and Nelson streets on the evening of April 23. Police said the driver fled the scene, but they recovered the vehicle involved, a silver 2022 Volkswagen Passat.
Rom was at his nephew’s house that April evening when he went out to buy a pack of cigarettes from a nearby convenience store. He was hit by the vehicle shortly after 9:30 p.m. and died in hospital.
A parent told CBC News Rom was a Londoner who graduated from Beal High School and worked in construction. He was also a husband and father of three daughters.
“He’s the type of guy who would like to have fun with his family. He never bothered anyone,” said Nat Chean, Rom’s brother-in-law. “He was trying to learn to play music and he was always smiling.”
A 33-year-old Londoner now faces several charges in relation to the incident, including:
- Obstacle to justice.
- Accomplice to commit, not stopping after an accident causing death.
- Arson causing property damage.
- Breach of a covenant.
Pair loaded for the first time in June
In June, police charged a London man and woman in connection with the incident. The 29-year-old man was charged with:
- Dangerous operation of a vehicle causing death.
- Failure to stop at the scene of an accident, causing death.
- Operation while prohibited.
A 25-year-old woman was also charged with public mischief and false reporting.
The 33-year-old accused woman remains in custody and is expected to appear in court on Friday.
Rom is survived by his wife, three daughters aged eight, 10 and 17, as well as his mother and three sisters.