OPP release description of possible suspect vehicle in Strathroy hit-and-run

Iwan Johannes Smolders, 45, of Adelaide-Metcalfe, died October 11, 2021 after he was struck by a vehicle during a hit-and-run incident outside of Strathroy. (Capture via a memorial video from StrathroyFuneralHome.com)

Investigators looking into a fatal hit-and-run crash in Strathroy have released details about the make and model of a possible suspect vehicle.

A cyclist, identified Friday by police as 45-year-old Johannes Francis Smolders was headed west on Calvert Drive in Adelaide-Metcalfe when he was hit by a vehicle heading the same direction on Monday night. Smolders was thrown from his bike and died at the scene. The driver of the vehicle failed to remain at the scene of the crash.

Middlesex County OPP are now searching for the owner of either a Dodge Dakota pick-up truck between the model years of 1997-2004, or a Dodge Durango SUV between the years of 1998-2003, who is suspected of being involved in the incident.

Officers say the vehicle in question will have damage to the front passenger side corner and headlight assembly of the vehicle.

Auto repair shops, scrap yards, or other local repair outlets are encouraged to contact police if a vehicle matching the description was recently repaired or if parts for a passenger side headlight assembly for said vehicles were sold.

Smolders, known as Iwan by his friends and family according to his obituary, was a husband and father of two children. He loved farming and was well-known in the community.

“Iwan was well known throughout the community for all his acts of kindness and worked not only through the community but also on a personal note with Mount Brydges and Kerwood Scouting, The Kerwood Optimist Club, The Brooke Alvinston Skating Club, Lambton Shores Dragon Boat Club, Taxandria and Strathroy United Soccer Clubs and any other person who asked for help,” his obituary reads.

The family also thanked the community for their support while they grieve Smolders’ tragic death.

The OPP continues to urge anyone with possible information or surveillance footage from around the Calvert Drive area on October 11 between the hours of 6:30 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. to call them at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).