An Alliston man remains in custody, scheduled to appear at a bail
hearing this morning, facing upgraded charges of impaired driving
causing death, following the early Friday morning 'hit and run' death
of 41-year-old Geoff Gaston, of Alliston.
On June 20, 2014 at 2:50 am, Mr. Gaston and a female co-worker were
part of the New Tecumseth public works road painting traffic lines
along Victoria Street between King and Church Streets when a westbound
Ford F150 pickup veered into parking spot lanes, striking the two
workers. The suspect fled the scene. Witness reports helped police
identify the vehicle, and just before 5 am, located the pick-up truck
at a Nelson Street W address, along with the driver, who was
subsequently arrested, and administered a breathalyzer test. His
vehicle, which sustained front end damage, was impounded.
Mr. Gaston was airlifted to St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, where he
was pronounced dead a few hours later. The co-worker was taken SMH with
serious but non-life threatening injuries.
The initial charges filed against Marchello Fracassi, 31, of Alliston
were fail to remain and impaired driving causing bodily harm. When the
incident turned fatal, those charges were upgraded to Dangerous Driving
causing death, and impaired driving causing death, whose maximum
sentence carries life imprisonment.