OPP Pays Out $50,000 Reward in Fatal Hit and Run
The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) recently closed a long-standing case involving a fatal hit and run from 2008, resulting in a $50,000 reward being issued for a critical tip that led to solving the case. The incident occurred on October 10, 2008, when 18-year-old Lucas Shortreed was struck and killed by a vehicle while walking home from a party in Alma, Ontario. The driver fled the scene, leaving behind debris from a white 1995 Dodge Neon.
For 14 years, the OPP received over 100 tips and examined hundreds of vehicles in search of the suspect vehicle and driver. A breakthrough came in June 2022 when a tip led to the discovery of the vehicle hidden behind a false wall in a semi-trailer at the residence of David and Anastasia Halliburton. The car was confiscated, and the Halliburtons were arrested.
David Halliburton confessed to being the driver who hit and killed Lucas Shortreed. He admitted to briefly stopping after the incident, looking back, then driving off to his home about five kilometers away, acknowledging that he had been drinking. David was charged with failing to stop at the scene of an accident and accessory after the fact. Anastasia was charged with accessory after the fact, obstructing justice, knowledge of unauthorized possession of a weapon, and careless storage of a firearm, weapon, prohibited device, or ammunition.
The Halliburtons had gone to great lengths to conceal the crime, including purchasing an identical car and replacing parts to disguise the damaged Neon. They were questioned twice by the OPP and cleared both times. David even assisted in a Crime Stoppers re-enactment of the hit and run in 2013.
In September 2023, David Halliburton pleaded guilty to failing to remain at the scene of an accident causing bodily harm or death and obstruction of justice. He received a two-and-a-half-year prison sentence and a three-year driving prohibition. Anastasia pleaded guilty to obstruction of justice and careless storage of a firearm, receiving six months of house arrest, 12 months probation, and 200 hours of community service.
Lucas Shortreed’s mother, Judie Moore, expressed a sense of resolution and gratitude for the support and love shown by many, emphasizing the importance of having a plan for a safe ride home. The case highlights the persistence and dedication of the OPP officers in solving this long-standing case. For more information or questions, the Provincial Media Relations Coordinator can be contacted.