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News Release

Update: SIU Continues Investigation into Sturgeon Falls Collision Death

Case Number: 09-PVD-301

MISSISSAUGA (15 December, 2009) --- The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is continuing its investigation into a fatal collision in Sturgeon Falls that occurred on December 13, 2009, involving the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP).

The SIU was notified that at approximately 9:00 p.m., OPP officers were conducting a RIDE spot check on Highway 17, east of Highway 11 and south of North Bay. A vehicle with two males was pulled over, and one of the males was arrested. However, the other male, 23-year-old Ghislain Michel Joseph Gareau of Verner, fled the scene in the vehicle, and the OPP followed. The vehicle was going westbound on Highway 17, just east of Sturgeon Falls, when it collided with an eastbound vehicle being driven by 20-year-old Angele Mary Penasse of Sturgeon Falls. Both Mr. Gareau and Ms. Penasse were pronounced dead at the scene. Autopsies were performed today.

The SIU has assigned four investigators and three forensic investigators to probe the circumstances of this incident. The SIU is appealing for anyone who witnessed this incident to contact the Unit at 416-622-1957 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. 
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342