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News Release

SIU Investigates Death in Hamilton

Case Number: 09-OVD-072

TORONTO (29 March, 2009) --- The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has assigned five investigators and three forensic investigators, to probe the circumstances surrounding the death of a woman and the injuries sustained by six other people after a collision in Hamilton last evening. The collision occurred after a vehicle reportedly failed to stop for a Hamilton Police Service (HPS) officer.

At approximately 8:17 p.m. Saturday March 28, 2009 an HPS officer attempted to pull over a vehicle travelling eastbound on Wilson Street. The driver did not stop for the officer. The vehicle entered the intersection of Wellington Street where it collided with a van.

The driver of the vehicle, and his passenger, 18 year old Natasha Ritchie, were transported to Hamilton General Hospital. The four occupants of the van along with a pedestrian, who was injured as a result of the collision, were taken to area hospitals for treatment.

Ms. Ritchie succumbed to her injuries early this morning. A post mortem will be conducted today.

The SIU is appealing for anyone who may have been in area of Wilson Street and Wellington Street last evening shortly after 8:00 p.m., or anyone who may have witnessed this incident, to contact the lead investigator at 416-622-1898 or
1-800-787-8529 extension 1898.

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. 

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