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News Release

SIU Investigating After Woman in Wheelchair Struck by Police Vehicle in London

Case Number: 17-OVI-014

Mississauga, ON (17 January, 2017) ---
The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the injuries sustained by a 59-year-old woman yesterday evening in London. 

Preliminary information suggests the following:
  • At approximately 6 p.m. on Monday, January 16, 2017, an officer with the London Police Service was operating a vehicle southbound on Adelaide Street North.
  • When the police vehicle turned westbound onto Dundas Street, there was a collision between the police vehicle and a wheelchair being operated by the 59-year-old woman.
  • The woman was taken to Victoria Hospital for treatment of an arm injury.
    
Two investigators, two forensic investigators and one collision reconstructionist have been assigned to investigate this incident.

The SIU is urging anyone who may have information about this investigation to contact the lead investigator at 1-800-787-8529. The Unit is also urging anyone who may have any video evidence related to this incident to upload that video through the SIU Web site.     

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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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