Suspect on the run after pinning woman with U-Haul: GSPS

Greater Sudbury Police are asking for the public’s assistance to locate a 23-year-old man they believe was involved in a hit-and-run that injured a woman earlier this month.

Just before 7:30 p.m. Sept. 17, police received a call in regard to a disturbance at a residential area on Nesbitt Drive in Greater Sudbury. 

Police received information that a verbal dispute had ensued and that an individual may have been injured after being struck by a U-Haul truck.

Upon arrival, police located a woman with serious but non-life threatening injuries as a result of being pinned between the U-Haul Cube Van and a cement pillar. 

The driver of the U-Haul had fled the scene prior to police arrival and had subsequently abandoned the vehicle. 

The woman was transported to Health Sciences North to be treated for her injuries and remains in hospital in stable condition.

Upon investigation, the driver of the U-Haul was identified as 23-year old Cole Johnson-Whitfield. 

The suspect is believed to have fled the City of Greater Sudbury and his whereabouts are currently unknown. 

There is a warrant for his arrest for numerous offences, including dangerous operation of a vehicle causing bodily harm, failure to stop after accident causing bodily harm, three counts of operation of a vehicle while prohibited, failure to comply with a release order and breach of probation.

The suspect is described as a white man, 5-10 tall, 140 pounds, long brown hair past his shoulders, brown eyes and a tattoo of an angel with roses on the right side of his neck.

A 33-year-old woman was also arrested in relation to the incident for the offences of party to the offence of dangerous operation of a vehicle causing bodily harm, party to the offence of failure to stop after an accident causing bodily harm and obstructing a peace officer.

The woman attended bail court Sept. 26 to answer to the charges.

The investigation is ongoing. 

If you have any information as to the whereabouts of Cole Johnson-Whitfield, you are urged to contact the GSPS Traffic Management Unit at 705-675-9171 or Crime Stoppers.