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News Release

Police Officers were not Present at Time Woman was Fatally Struck by Vehicle; SIU Terminates London Investigation

Case Number: 18-OVD-040

Mississauga, ON (27 February, 2018) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into the death earlier this month of a 32-year-old woman in London. 

At approximately 8:30 p.m. on February 8, 2018, London Police Service officers observed a stolen pickup truck being operated in the area of Hamilton Road and Egerton Street. Despite attempts to stop the vehicle, the driver did not stop. In the area of Vancouver Avenue and Moffat Crescent, the man abandoned the vehicle and fled on foot. Unbeknownst to officers, the man stole another vehicle from a nearby residence, and in the process, a woman who attempted to prevent the vehicle theft was killed. Police officers arrived shortly after as a result of a civilian calling 911.

Director Loparco said, “It is clear that no police officer was present at the time this tragic incident occurred. Accordingly I have terminated the investigation.”

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