News Release

SIU Appealing for Witnesses to Etobicoke Collision Between Civilian Vehicle and Police Vehicle

Case Number: 21-OVI-136   

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SIU Concludes Investigation Involving York Regional Police Service

Mississauga, ON (6 May, 2021) ---
The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a collision that occurred in March in Etobicoke. The SIU was made aware of the incident on April 27, 2021.

Preliminary information suggests the following:
  • At approximately 12:30 p.m. on March 29, 2021, officers with York Regional Police (YRP) were conducting an investigation on Riverhead Drive in Etobicoke.  
  • When officers attempted to stop a vehicle of interest, the vehicle fled.
  • At Fallowfield Road at Riverhead Drive, the vehicle became involved in a collision with an unmarked YRP vehicle. A 22-year-old man was arrested. 
  • Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene but the man refused treatment. He was taken into custody.  
  • The man later reported to police that he had sustained a serious injury, thus invoking the SIU’s mandate.

Three investigators have been assigned to the case. At this time, one subject official and six witness officials have been designated.

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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