News Release

SIU Investigating Fatal Collision in Sarnia

Case Number: 21-OVD-042

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Mississauga, ON (10 February, 2021) ---
The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a collision early this morning in Sarnia that resulted in the death of a man.

Preliminary information suggests the following:
  • At approximately 4 a.m. on February 10, 2021, a Sarnia Police Service officer attempted a traffic stop of a vehicle. 
  • In the area of Maria Street and Russell Street, the driver left the roadway. He was later pronounced deceased at the scene.

Four investigators, two forensic investigators and one collision reconstructionist have been assigned to the case. At this time, one subject officer and seven witness officers have been designated. The post-mortem is scheduled for Friday in Toronto.

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