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News Release

SIU Investigating Collision near Marathon

Case Number: 11-PVI-185

Mississauga (12 September, 2011) --- Ontario’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is probing the circumstances surrounding the injuries received by two people in a motor vehicle collision outside Marathon yesterday afternoon.

The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) contacted the SIU yesterday afternoon and reported that officers from the Schreiber Detachment of the OPP attempted to stop a car that was on Highway 17. The car did not stop and continued eastbound.

At approximately 2:50 p.m. the driver lost control of the car, and it left the road and struck a rock face. Both the 15-year-old driver and 15-year-old passenger sustained serious injuries. They were taken to Wilson Memorial Hospital by ambulance, and then transferred by air ambulance to Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre.

The SIU has assigned three investigators and one forensic investigator to investigate this matter.

The SIU has designated one officer as a subject officer and twelve officers as witness officers. Eleven civilian witnesses have been identified.

The SIU is asking anyone who may have witnessed this incident, or may have audio or video recordings of it, to contact the lead investigator, Carm Piro, 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. 

Frank Phillips, frank.phillips@ontario.ca
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342