The man killed by Avtar Dhammi was his cousin

Police has identified the man killed by Avtar Dhammi, 38 as his cousin Gurpreet Dhammi, 34. Gurpreet was killed after being struck at a small Brampton plaza just before 2:00 a.m. Sunday morning.

Dhammi remained with the truck after the incident and was arrested on the scene. Gurpreet Dhami, 34, of Caledon was rushed to hospital following the 1:45 a.m. incident Dec. 31 in the Karol Bagh Plaza at the northeast corner of Torbram Road and Peter Robertson Boulevard.

Avtar Dhammi

Acc. to Police, Avtar Dhammi, 38, of Brampton, was arrested on Sunday and charged with first-degree murder.

Constable Rachel Gibbs of Peel Regional Police say the two men were extended family members.

According to police- Homicide detectives have been called in “due to the suspicious circumstances that are involved in the incident,”

The first-degree murder charge is very unusual for a collision, according to criminal lawyer Jordan Donich. He added, “A first degree murder charge is very different. That is because what they are saying is this was planned and that they can prove it. The police are saying this was an intentional act.”

At mid-morning Sunday, police tape marked off a large swathe of the plaza parking lot, and several coloured police markers were scattered on the ground.​

Anyone with information is asked to call Peel police at 905-453-2121, ext. 3205, or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 800-222-TIPS.