Police recover stolen car, but still seeking driver after two pedestrians were struck

Welland man wanted by police Niagara police are seeking a Welland man who was driving a white Hyundai Elantra with fender damage. The car was recovered Friday afternoon

A stolen car driven by a Welland man that police say is connected to an alleged car attack on two pedestrians was recovered today.

The man is wanted after two pedestrians were struck by a different car, that was crashed into a tree and abandoned, yesterday in St Catharines.

Police are looking for Gage Young, 21, of Welland, in connection with yesterday’s events. Young is described as a white male, 5′ 11″, slim, brown hair. A white 2016 Hyundai Elantra he allegedly fled in from the St. Catharines incident has been located in Niagara Falls today with significant front-end damage.

Young has been sighted today, police added, also in Niagara Falls. They are asking anyone that sees him to call 911.

Police tweet about Gage
@NiagRegPolice tweet issued Friday afternoon

The long sequence of events connected to Young started in St Catharines yesterday morning. Niagara police reported that a man driving a black Chevrolet Cobalt struck two men, ages 25 and 23 years, and then hit a tree in the area of Court Street and Church Street just before noon Thursday. Further investigation by police revealed that the collision was a deliberate attempt to strike one of the pedestrians. 

After crashing the car, the driver fled the scene on foot and was picked up by another vehicle, on Church Street, driven by a woman. She was later located by police and is unharmed. Niagara police declined to comment on the relationship between the wanted man and the woman.

The man was later seen by police in Fonthill in a white Elantra that police believe was stolen from the area.

Officers also tailed him on the QEW driving toward Toronto at Appleby Line in Burlington. “Out of concern for public safety, officers were unable to obtain an opportunity to safely attempt to stop the vehicle,” said a Niagara police news bulletin.

After yesterday’s alleged attack in St. Catharines, a 25-year-old pedestrian was transported to an out-of-area hospital with non life-threatening injuries. The 23-year-old pedestrian suffered minor injuries.

Young is wanted for the following alleged offenses: Assault with a weapon (two counts), fail to remain at the scene of an accident, dangerous drive, and theft of motor vehicle.

The investigation by 1 District Detectives and the Reconstruction Unit and the Forensic Service Unit is ongoing. Police are asking that anyone who spots Gage to call 911. You can also call 905-688-4111 ext. 4322 if you have additional information about the incident.