News Release

Update: SIU Complainant Pronounced Deceased

Case Number: 12-PVD-074   

Mississauga (18 March, 2012) --- A man who was injured last week during an interaction with Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) has succumbed to his injuries.  David A. Nesbitt, 85-years-old of Orillia, was pronounced deceased on Friday, March 16, 2012. 

The SIU was notified on Tuesday, March 13, 2012 by the OPP that:
• At approximately 4:45 p.m. that day, Mr. Nesbitt, who was on a bicycle, was struck by an unmarked police vehicle being driven by an OPP officer.  The incident occurred on Atherley Road near Gill Street. 
• Mr. Nesbitt was taken to Soldier's Memorial Hospital and then air lifted to Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre for treatment of injuries. 

Mr. Nesbitt was pronounced dead at 5:16 p.m. on Friday.  The post-mortem is scheduled for this morning.

Five investigators, two forensic investigators and one collision reconstructionist from the SIU are continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the incident.

Anyone who may have witnessed this incident is asked to contact the lead investigator at  416-622-1935       or 1-800-787-8529 extension 1935.

The SIU is an independent government agency that investigates the conduct of officials (police officers as well as special constables with the Niagara Parks Commission and peace officers with the Legislative Protective Service) that may have resulted in death, serious injury, sexual assault and/or the discharge of a firearm at a person. All investigations are conducted by SIU investigators who are civilians. Under the Special Investigations Unit Act, the Director of the SIU must

  • consider whether the official has committed a criminal offence in connection with the incident under investigation
  • depending on the evidence, cause a criminal charge to be laid against the official where grounds exist for doing so, or close the file without any charges being laid
  • publicly report the results of its investigations
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342