News Release

SIU Investigating Fatal Motorcycle Collision in Welland

Case Number: 19-OVD-196   

Mississauga, ON (16 August, 2019) ---
The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a fatal collision today in Welland.

Preliminary information suggests the following:
  • Around noon on August 16, 2019, a Niagara Regional Police Service officer was traveling westbound on Woodlawn Road when he observed a motorcycle traveling eastbound on Woodlawn Road at a high rate of speed.
  • The officer made a U-turn and began following the motorcycle.
  • At the intersection of Woodlawn Road and River Road, the motorcycle became involved in a collision with a civilian vehicle.
  • The motorcycle operator succumbed to his injuries at the scene.

Three investigators and two forensic investigators have been assigned to this incident. The post-mortem is scheduled for tomorrow morning in Hamilton.

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 independent government agency that investigates the conduct of officials (police officers as well as special constables with the Niagara Parks Commission and peace officers with the Legislative Protective Service) that may have resulted in death, serious injury, sexual assault and/or the discharge of a firearm at a person. All investigations are conducted by SIU investigators who are civilians. Under the Special Investigations Unit Act, the Director of the SIU must

  • consider whether the official has committed a criminal offence in connection with the incident under investigation
  • depending on the evidence, cause a criminal charge to be laid against the official where grounds exist for doing so, or close the file without any charges being laid
  • publicly report the results of its investigations

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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