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News Release

SIU Investigates Injuries to Cyclist in Welland

Case Number: 13-OVI-222

Mississauga (5 September, 2013) --- Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is probing the circumstances surrounding the injuries sustained by an 18-year-old male last night in Welland.

Preliminary information indicates the following:
• On September 4, 2013, at approximately 10 p.m., an officer with the Niagara Regional Police Service stopped a vehicle traveling eastbound on Thorold Road. While the officer was speaking with the driver, he fled the scene. The officer followed;
• A short time later, the civilian vehicle struck a cyclist at the intersection of First Avenue and Thorold Road. The cyclist was airlifted to Hamilton General Hospital for treatment of serious injuries, including a broken femur.
• After striking the cyclist, the driver of the civilian vehicle continued to drive until he eventually struck a pole and came to a stop.
 
The SIU has assigned three investigators and two forensic investigators to probe the circumstances of this incident.

Anyone who may have witnessed this incident is asked to contact the lead investigator at 416-622-1988 or 1-800-787-8529 extension 1988.

The SIU is an arm’s length agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault. Under the Police Services Act, the Director of the SIU must

  • consider whether an officer has committed a criminal offence  in connection with the incident under investigation
  • depending on the evidence, lay a criminal charge against the officer if appropriate or close the file without any charges being laid
  • report the results of any investigations to the Attorney General. 

Monica Hudon
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342