News Release

SIU Investigates Vehicular Death in Belleville

Case Number: 06-OVD-082

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TORONTO (10 May, 2006) --- Five investigators from the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) are in Belleville to examine the circumstances surrounding a single motor vehicle collision that occurred this morning at about 2:40 a.m.

The Belleville Police Service (BPS) notified the SIU that an officer identified a stolen Dodge Caravan in the area of Front Street North and Tracey Street. The officer initiated a pursuit of the van. At the intersection of Pinnacle and Grove Streets, the driver of the van lost control and struck a tree. The 18-year-old male driver was taken to Belleville General Hospital where he died. A female passenger in the van was taken to Kingston General Hospital and is in critical condition.

SIU investigators are probing the nature and extent of police involvement in the events surrounding the collision. The SIU has designated one subject and two witness officers from the BPS. The Unit is appealing for anyone who witnessed this incident to contact the SIU at 416-622-1965 or 1-800-787-8529 x1965.

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