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News Release

SIU Investigates Hit-and-Run Incident

Case Number: 08-PVI-094

TORONTO (4 June, 2008) --- The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is appealing for public assistance in its investigation of a motor vehicle injury in Marathon, Ontario on Wednesday May 28, 2008.

About 4:30 p.m., a flagman with a construction firm, 58-year-old David Murr of Hanover, was struck by a vehicle that was seen traveling through the work zone on Highway 17 near the Pic River Bridge. The driver did not remain at the scene. Mr. Murr sustained two broken legs as a result of the collision.

Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) found the suspect vehicle abandoned a short distance away, and later arrested and charged an individual following a ground search of the wooded area.

The SIU investigation is focusing on the circumstances leading up to the collision, including the actions of an OPP officer who attempted to stop the vehicle before it entered the work zone.

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. 

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