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News Release

SIU Investigates Collision Near Wallaceburg

Case Number: 07-PVD-248

TORONTO (14 December, 2007) --- Six investigators from the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) are investigating the circumstances of a collision that has left a 79-year-old woman dead.

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) notified the SIU that at approximately 5:15 p.m. on December 13, 2007, an on-duty OPP officer in an unmarked police vehicle became involved in a collision with a civilian vehicle on Highway 40 at the intersection of Langstaff Line, north of Wallaceburg.

Seventy-nine-year-old Phyllis Cosford was pronounced dead at the scene. A post mortem examination is taking place this afternoon.

The SIU has designated one subject officer and two witness officers from the OPP and will be interviewing witnesses today.

SIU investigators are probing the nature and extent of police involvement in all the circumstances surrounding the fatal collision. Anyone who witnessed this incident is asked to contact the lead investigator at 416-622-2038 or 1-800-787-8529 x 2038.

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