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News Release

No Criminal Charges Warranted in Relation to Arnprior Fatal Collision

Case Number: 17-PVD-276

Mississauga, ON (2 November, 2018) ---
On the afternoon of September 25, 2017, Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers were attempting to stop a stolen pickup truck that was being operated in an erratic and dangerous manner. In Arnprior, the pickup truck collided with a vehicle being operated by 65-year-old Sheila Welsh. Ms. Welsh was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the pickup truck, 20-year-old Zachary Wittke, sustained injuries. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against any OPP officer in relation to the police pursuit. 

Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision):

The Director’s Report was delivered to the Attorney General, as is required by law under the Police Services Act. The Attorney General has directed that the document be posted online. 

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