News Release

SIU Investigating Deaths of Two Men in Collision in Peterborough

Case Number: 22-OVD-026   

Mississauga, ON (29 January, 2022) ---
The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the deaths of two men in a collision last night in Peterborough.

Preliminary information suggests the following:
At approximately 9:36 p.m. on January 28, 2022, a Peterborough Police Service officer was driving on Lansdowne Street en route to a call. While en route, the driver of another vehicle went through a red light at Park Street. The officer turned around and activated their emergency lights to pursue the vehicle. After losing sight of the vehicle, the officer discontinued the pursuit and resumed travel to the initial call. 
  • Later, the driver of the vehicle that fled was involved in a collision with another vehicle at Lansdowne Street and Webber Avenue.
  • The two male occupants of the fleeing vehicle, aged 38 and 41 years old, were located deceased at the scene. 
  • Two women in the vehicle that was struck were taken to hospital and diagnosed with no injuries.
Four investigators and two forensic investigators have been assigned to the case. One subject official has been designated at this time.

The SIU is urging anyone who may have information about this investigation, including video or photos, to contact the lead investigator at 1-800-787-8529 or online at: https://siu.on.ca/en/appeals.php

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, siu.media@ontario.ca
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES