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News Release

SIU Terminates Investigation into Ajax Motor Vehicle Death

Case Number: 13-PVD-111

Mississauga (2 May, 2013) --- Based on the Ontario Special Investigations Unit’s (SIU) preliminary enquiries into the vehicle death of a male in Ajax early this morning, SIU Acting Director Joseph Martino has terminated the investigation.

The SIU investigation determined that at approximately 1:20 a.m. on Thursday, May 2, 2013, officers with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) closed the east and west bound lanes of Highway 401 to assist work crews on the highway. As OPP began to reopen the highway, officers were notified that a tractor trailer and a passenger vehicle had been involved in a collision. The passenger in the involved vehicle was pronounced deceased.

Upon the SIU’s preliminary investigation, SIU investigators learned that OPP officers were approximately three kilometres west of the scene when they were notified of the collision. Under the circumstances, and in particular the fact that the death of the male was not caused by the actions of the police, there is patently nothing to investigate. Accordingly, the SIU investigation has been terminated.

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. 

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