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News Release

SIU Invokes Mandate in Fatal Crash Outside Smiths Falls

Case Number: 16-PVD-126

Mississauga, ON (20 May, 2016) ---
The province’s Special Investigations Unit is examining the circumstances surrounding the death of an 18-year-old man following a crash on Kitley Line 2 outside Smiths Falls.

Preliminary information suggests the following:
  • Just before 8:30 p.m. on May 19, an Ontario Provincial Police officer was travelling southbound on County Road 17 when he observed a vehicle travelling northbound at a high rate of speed.
  • The officer followed the vehicle.
  • Moments later, the vehicle turned left on Kitley Line.  It drove off the road, crashed into trees, and the driver was ejected from the vehicle.  
  • An 18-year-old man was transported to Perth and Smiths Falls District Hospital where he was pronounced dead.    
  • A 16-year-old female youth inside the vehicle was uninjured.
    
The SIU has designated one subject officer as part of this investigation.

Four investigators, two forensic investigators, and two collision reconstructionists have been assigned to this incident.
 
The SIU is urging anyone who may information about 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, jason.gennaro@ontario.ca
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-641-1897 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 1897