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SIU Investigating Serious Injury Suffered by Man in Essex County Crash

Case Number: 21-OVI-358   

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Mississauga, ON (23 October, 2021) ---
The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a serious injury suffered by a man in a single-vehicle collision after a Windsor Police Service officer attempted to pull him over last night.

Preliminary information suggests the following:
  • At approximately 8:30 p.m. on October 22, 2021, an off-duty Windsor Police Service officer saw a driver operating a pickup truck erratically in the area of Huron Church Road at Cabana Road in LaSalle and called it in. An on-duty police officer then spotted the vehicle on Howard Avenue and attempted to pull the driver over.
  • The driver exited the truck in the area of Howard Avenue and Alma Street in Amherstburg and the vehicle hit a pole.
  • The man was taken to hospital and diagnosed with a serious injury.

Two investigators and one forensic investigator have been assigned to the case. 

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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Kristy Denette, kristy.denette@ontario.ca
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342