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News Release

SIU Investigates Vehicle Deaths near Sarnia

Case Number: 12-PVD-024

Mississauga (19 January, 2012) --- Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is investigating the circumstances surrounding the deaths of two individuals on Hwy 402 near Sarnia this morning.

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) contacted the SIU and reported the occurrence of a series of collisions on Hwy 402 near Sarnia at approximately 10:15 a.m. on Thursday, January 19, 2012.  Multiple vehicles were involved, including a marked OPP cruiser, which itself was reportedly responding to the scene of a preceding motor vehicle collision in the area.  Two civilians, each from separate vehicles involved in the collisions, died as a result.  

Two investigators, two forensic investigators and one collision reconstructionist from the SIU have been dispatched to the scene. 

Anyone who may have witnessed this incident is asked to contact the lead investigator at 416-622-1806 or 1-800-787-8529 extension 1806.

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, monica.hudon@ontario.ca
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342