News Release

SIU Investigating Fatal Collision in Brantford

Case Number: 20-OVD-214

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Mississauga, ON (29 August, 2020) ---
The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a collision that occurred today in Brantford. As a result of the collision, a 21-year-old man died at the scene. 

Preliminary information suggests the following:
  • At approximately 3 a.m. on August 29, 2020, a Brantford Police Service (BPS) officer observed two vehicles traveling at high rates of speed in the area of Dalhousie Street and Clarence Street. When the officer attempted to stop the vehicles, one stopped and the other vehicle fled.
  • Later, an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer was in the area of Dalhousie Street and Brant Avenue when he observed the vehicle that had fled. The officer began following the vehicle north on Brant Avenue, but soon after lost sight of the vehicle.
  • A BPS officer observed the vehicle on Brant Avenue. In the area of Brant Avenue and Ava Road, the vehicle became involved in a single-vehicle collision and became engulfed in flames. 
  • The driver was pronounced deceased at the scene.

At this time, three investigators, two forensic investigators and one collision reconstructionist have been assigned to the case. One witness officer from the OPP and five witness officers from BPS were designated. One BPS officer was designated as the subject officer.

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