A 25-year-old Ramara Township man is facing charges after a year-long police investigation following last year's death of Lucas Dunlop.
Dunlop, 19, was struck by a vehicle near Joyland Beach, located east of Orillia.
On June 17, 2018, at approximately 4:15 a.m., emergency services personnel, including officers from the City of Kawartha Lakes detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police, responded to a 911 call at a residence in Carden Township.
An investigation revealed that Dunlop had been struck by a vehicle earlier that night. He was initially transported to a residence where his condition deteriorated and emergency services were called.
He was pronounced deceased at the residence.
Following an investigation, Glenn White of Ramara Township, the driver of the vehicle that struck Dunlop, has been charged with attempting to obstruct justice and public mischief, contrary to the Criminal Code of Canada.
Const. Carrie Lanning said she could not divulge details about the charges, noting they are "investigative in nature."
When questioned about the length of the investigation, she cited the "convoluted situation" in which the victim was originally taken to a residence rather than calling emergency services personnel.
"It was a long investigation, without a doubt," Lanning said. "Investigators wanted to be sure they did a thorough investigation and that they did their due dligence."
She said the lead detective indicated "strong witness information" led to the charges.
Dunlop, a second-year apprentice at Midas in Orillia, was well known in the community and an avid athlete.
White is scheduled to appear in the Ontario Court of Justice in Orillia on July 9.