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News Release

SIU Investigating the Death of a Markham Woman In a Two-Vehicle Collision in York Region

Case Number: 08-OVD-191

TORONTO (17 September, 2008) --- The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a Markham woman, who died in a collision with another vehicle following attempts by York Regional Police to stop her.

Sara Foy, 52 years of age, was killed when her van struck a dump truck at the intersection of Reesor Road and Highway #7 at approximately 2 p.m. Tuesday September 16, 2008. Police officers first spotted the vehicle in the area of Reesor Road and Steeles Avenue after citizens called police to report a motorist driving erratically. After previous attempts were made to stop the vehicle, an officer laid down a 'spike belt' on Reesor Road south of the collision scene; however, it failed to stop the van that proceeded north across the railroad tracks and into the intersection despite one of its tires being punctured by the belt.

A post-mortem is scheduled for later today.

The SIU is appealing for anyone who witnessed this incident to contact the Unit at 416-622-0748, extension 9007 or 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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SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342