Police seek tips in 1973 hit-and-run that killed girl

Almost 47 years after 10-year-old Sheryl Blundell was killed in a hit-and-run collision in Stouffville, York Regional Police have released a three-minute video in hopes of solving the cold case.

Sheryl told her then six-year-old brother, Bill, she’d be home in 10 minutes when she and her friend, Lynn Sprague, set out to purchase candy at the local store on Feb. 6, 1973. The two girls went onto the road in front of a building at 233 Main St. to give directions to a female driver looking for a veterinary clinic.

They were struck by a passing westbound vehicle while they were on the driver’s side of the stopped vehicle. Sheryl was killed by the impact of the passing vehicle and her friend was seriously injured. That vehicle – an early 1960s red or grey Ford or Mercury – slowed but failed to stop at the scene, continuing westbound on the road before turning north onto 9th Line.

“Most of this area is pretty much the same with the exception of a little bit of changes to the road layout but the houses and everything are the same as they were back then,” Sgt. Mark Walton of the Traffic Enforcement Unit says in the video, which can be viewed at https://youtu.be/0vtFJ_-3Q1M.

Police never found the vehicle or driver involved. “I think for these historical cases, information from the public is probably the most likely way we will find out who’s responsible for it,” Walton says. “If you’re involved in something like a fatal hit and run, I can see you confiding at some point in different people and in situations where witnesses have passed away or not come forward, that little bit of information from the public might be the last sort of key we need to link a suspect to an incident.”

For more information, visit https://www.yrp.ca/en/community/Sheryl-Blundell.asp. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Major Collision Investigation Unit at 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7704. Or, call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS or leave an anonymous tip online at www.1800222tips.com.

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