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News Release

SIU Investigating Death of Male on Highway 401

Case Number: 05-TCD-025

Mississauga (7 March, 2005) --- The Special Investigations Unit has commenced an investigation of an incident that occurred yesterday at about 4:30 pm on the Highway 401 overpass at Don Mills Road in the City of Toronto, which resulted in the death of a male individual and serious injuries to his daughter.

Toronto Police Service officers arrived at the scene in response to reports of a male individual who was threatening to throw himself and a young girl off the bridge. Some time later, the male threw his daughter off the bridge and then jumped himself onto the highway below. The young girl was taken to the Hospital for Sick Children where she is being treated for internal injuries. The male sustained fatal injuries.

Initial information following the incident indicated the police presence at the scene was confined to the periphery of the bridge. However, it has since been confirmed that officers were on the bridge and talking to the man at the time of the incident, thereby triggering the SIU's jurisdiction.

SIU investigators have been dispatched and will be conducting an investigation of the circumstances surrounding this event.

The SIU is appealing for anyone who witnessed this incident to contact the Unit at 416-641-1879 or 1-800-787-8529.

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