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News Release

SIU Investigating Injuries to Man on Highway 401 near Woodstock

Case Number: 17-PVI-024

Mississauga, ON (28 January, 2017) ---
The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the injuries sustained by a 67-year-old man today on Highway 401 near Woodstock.

Preliminary information suggests the following:
  • At approximately 2 p.m. on Saturday, January 28, 2017, an Ontario Provincial Police officer stopped a pickup truck, which was towing a trailer, on the eastbound shoulder of Highway 401. This occurred just west of Sweaburg Road.
  • The officer approached the pickup truck and had an interaction with the man. 
  • Soon after the officer returned to his cruiser, he noticed that the man was in medical distress.
  • The man was taken to a Woodstock hospital for treatment of serious injuries and was then transferred to a hospital in London.
    
Three investigators and two forensic investigators 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 website.

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