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News Release

SIU Closes Investigation into Burlington Vehicle Death on QEW

Case Number: 14-PVD-021

Mississauga (29 January, 2014) --- Based on the Special Investigations Unit’s (SIU) thorough review into the death of 36-year-old Vladislav Mikula (also known as Steven Master) last week in Burlington, SIU Director Tony Loparco has terminated the investigation. The incident, involving officers with the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), occurred on Tuesday, January 21, 2014. 

The SIU investigation determined that in the early morning hours of January 21, three fully marked OPP cruisers with emergency lights activated were in the westbound lanes of the QEW to slow or stop traffic, to allow work to be done by a contractor on an MTO overhead sign. One of the stopped vehicles was a tractor trailer in the area of Walkers Line. At approximately 2:15 a.m., Mr. Mikula drove his red Toyota Matrix into the back of the tractor trailer. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Director Loparco concluded, “It is a common practice for the OPP to perform rolling stops to slow and stop all vehicular traffic to facilitate MTO maintenance of highway property. In this incident, the OPP initiated a rolling stop procedure and brought all traffic to a halt. Unfortunately, Mr. Mikula, for some unknown reason, failed to slow down or stop and collided with the rear of a tractor trailer. At the time of the collision, the three OPP cruisers involved in the rolling stop procedure were approximately 500 metres ahead of the collision site. There is no evidence the police were responsible for Mr. Mikula’s death.”

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