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News Release

SIU Appeals for Witnesses to Police Pursuit in London

Case Number: 05-OVD-122

TORONTO (19 August, 2005) --- Investigators with the Special Investigations Unit are asking anyone who witnessed the police pursuit, involving officers from the London Police Service (LPS), to contact the Unit at 416-622-1988 or 1-800-787-8529.

The SIU is investigating the police pursuit and the circumstances surrounding the collision that occurred on August 17, 2005, in London. The pursuit route started at Nichol's arena and continued through the City of London to Highway 402 when it rolled into a ditch between Colonel Talbot and Wonderland Roads. The four occupants in the SUV were ejected from the car.

One of the deceased men has been identified as Sean Patrick McGrath, 37 years of age. The identity of the second deceased man has not been confirmed. Two men also suffered serious injuries and remain in hospital. Akili Roberts, is in stable condition and a fourth man is in critical condition.

There is no indication at this stage in the investigation that officers discharged their firearms during the police pursuit. The SIU has designated one subject and nine witness officers and over 10 civilian witness interviews have been conducted to date.

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