News Release

SIU Updates Collision in London

Case Number: 05-OVD-122

TORONTO (18 August, 2005) --- The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is continuing to probe the circumstances surrounding a police pursuit and a collision that occurred on August 17, 2005, in London.

At about 1:45 p.m. that date, London Police Service (LPS) officers responded to a robbery call at White Oaks Mall and became involved in a pursuit of a car as it fled from the mall. The pursuit continued eastbound on Highway 402 until about 2:05 p.m. when the pursued car clipped a truck, lost control and rolled into a ditch. The four occupants were ejected from the car.

Two men from Quebec, 36 and 37 years of age, died from head trauma consistent with the collision and two men remain in serious condition at London Health Sciences Centre. Their identities are not being released at this time.

The SIU is investigating police activity during this incident and the circumstances surrounding the collision. As part of the investigation, 1 subject and 9 witness officers from the LPS have been designated and civilian witness interviews are continuing.

Anyone who witnessed this incident is asked to contact the Unit at 416-622-1988 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. 

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