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News Release

SIU Appeals for Witnesses to Vehicle Injuries Sustained on Highway 401 near Cobourg

Case Number: 12-PVI-061

Mississauga (23 February, 2012) --- Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is appealing for witnesses to the injuries sustained by a 31-year-old man on Highway 401 East yesterday.

At approximately 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 22, 2012, officers with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) Northumberland detachment began following a white Chevrolet Cavalier eastbound on Hwy 401, east of Cobourg.  After approximately 30 kilometres, the vehicle lost control and crashed into the centre concrete median just east of the Lake Road overpass in the Township of Cramahe.

The driver was taken to Trenton Memorial Hospital for treatment of shoulder and spinal injuries.

Three investigators, two forensic investigators and one collision reconstructionist from the SIU are probing the incident.  One subject officer and two witness officers with the OPP have been designated.  Anyone who may have information or who may have witnessed the incident is asked to call the lead investigator at 1-888-820-2695.

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