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News Release

SIU Appeals for Witnesses to Incident in Sarnia

Case Number: 12-PVD-183

Mississauga (29 June, 2012) --- The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is seeking witnesses to events that led up to the death of a 35-year-old male motorist in Sarnia this week.  A 28-year-old woman also sustained injuries.

In the morning of Monday, June 25, 2012, Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers were following a motorcycle westbound on Highway 402.  The motorcyclist exited the highway and drove northbound onto Indian Road, before he T-boned an SUV at the intersection of Indian Road and Michigan Avenue.  The driver of the motorcycle was pronounced deceased at the scene.  The driver of the SUV sustained serious injuries and was taken to Royal Victoria Hospital in London.  She has since been released from the hospital.

Four investigators, two forensic investigators and one collision reconstructionist are investigating this incident.  To date, one subject officer and two witness officers have been designated.  While numerous civilian witnesses have been interviewed, investigators are interested in speaking to anyone who may have witnessed a motorcycle and police cruiser driving along Hwy 402 westbound between 6:00 a.m. and 7:00 a.m. Monday morning near Sarnia.  Anyone who may have information regarding this case is asked to contact the Unit at 416-622-1935 or 1-800-787-8529 ext. 1935.

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