Friends mourn hit and run victim who had 'bottomless empathy'

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Erin Yoxall, 30, has been identified by friends as the victim of a fatal hit and run in downtown Toronto last week. (Submitted by Adam Kolubinski - image credit)
Erin Yoxall, 30, has been identified by friends as the victim of a fatal hit and run in downtown Toronto last week. (Submitted by Adam Kolubinski - image credit)

Days after she was struck and killed in a hit and run in downtown Toronto, a close friend is remembering Erin Yoxall as a deeply caring person who was always thinking of others.

"She had bottomless empathy, which is what makes all of this so much worse: she'd never, ever do this to someone," Adam Kolubinski said in an email to CBC News.

"She will be sorely missed and her family and friends are all shocked and devastated that she's gone. It's senseless and it's a waste of a beautiful, promising life."

Yoxall, 30, was struck in the early morning hours of April 14 in the area of Spadina Avenue and King Street West. She died in hospital. Police announced Monday they've found the white Mercedes convertible involved in the crash, but not the driver.

According to investigators, the driver briefly stopped before leaving the scene. The only suspect description provided by police is that the driver is a man with dark hair.

Toronto Police Service
Toronto Police Service

Police are urging the driver to contact a lawyer and turn himself in.

Kolubinski told CBC News that Yoxall came to Canada about eight years ago after finishing her undergraduate studies at The University of Edinburgh in Scotland. She later became a permanent resident.

He said she worked at The Vector Institute, which describes itself on its website as "an independent, not-for-profit corporation dedicated to research in the field of artificial intelligence."

Submitted by Adam Kolubinski
Submitted by Adam Kolubinski

Kolubinski said Yoxall was amazing at her job, and loved to learn in an effort to satisfy an intense curiosity about the world. She also loved animals, having adopted her dog Ned and fostered two other dogs in recent years.

"She gave great advice and often seemed to understand people better than they do themselves," he said.

"She was taken from us far too soon. She had a lot to accomplish and wanted nothing more than to make a positive impact on the world."

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