News Release

SIU Investigating Death of Man in Oxford County

Case Number: 21-PCD-205   

Mississauga, ON (7 July, 2021) ---
On Thursday, July 1, 2021, the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) responded to a motor vehicle collision on HWY#401 in Oxford County.  

A stolen vehicle entered the off ramp to the service centre and lost control striking a light standard splitting the vehicle in half. 

When OPP officers arrived, the driver had fled the scene and the two passengers were still in the vehicle. They were both transported to a hospital in London, with serious injuries.  

Thereafter, OPP located the 32-year old driver and he was arrested without incident.
He was later transported to the hospital for treatment. On July 3, officers at Emergency Dispatch Centre (EMDC) found the man unresponsive in his cell and they took him back to the hospital. 

On Tuesday, July 6, the man was pronounced deceased.

The SIU is asking anyone who may have information about this investigation to contact the lead investigator at 1-800-787-8529. The Unit is also asking 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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Loida Pedro, loida.pedro@ontario.ca
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342