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News Release

SIU Investigating Two-Car Crash in Ottawa; Three Seriously Injured

Case Number: 16-OVD-095

Mississauga, ON (12 April, 2016) ---
Investigators with the SIU are examining the circumstances surrounding a brief police pursuit linked to an early morning collision in Ottawa. Three persons suffered serious injuries.

Preliminary information suggests the following:
  • About 1:15 a.m., an Ottawa Police officer in a marked police cruiser attempted to stop the driver of a Pontiac G6 in the area of Cumberland and George Streets in the Byward Market.  
  • The driver fled and the officer started a pursuit.  
  • Moments later, the pursuit was called off.
  • Not long after, the driver of the Pontiac was involved in a collision with a Honda Accord at the intersection of McArthur Avenue and Vanier Parkway.
  • Three persons were rushed to Ottawa Hospital – Civic Campus.  The 37-year-old driver of the Pontiac and the 24-year-old driver of the Honda (both male) are in critical condition.  A 21-year-old female passenger in the Honda suffered serious injuries.      
Four investigators and two forensic investigators have been assigned to this incident.

The SIU is urging anyone who may have witnessed the incident to contact the lead investigator at 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. 

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