News Release

SIU Appealing for Witnesses in Two Separate Durham Region Collisions

Case Number: 23-OVI-051   23-OVI-050   

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Mississauga, ON (24 February, 2023) ---
The province’s Special Investigations Unit is appealing for witnesses to two incidents that occurred in Durham Region last weekend.


At approximately 9:30 p.m. on February 19, 2023, a Durham Regional Police Service officer observed a motorcycle traveling at a high rate of speed in Bowmanville. The officer attempted a traffic stop, but the motorcycle left the scene. A short distance away, around Highway 2 and Highway 418, the motorcycle was involved in a single-vehicle collision. The 41-year-old driver was transported to hospital for treatment of a serious injury. 


At approximately 3 a.m. on February 20, 2023, a Durham Regional Police Service officer attempted to stop a Mercedes-Benz on Bayly Street in Pickering. The vehicle fled and the officer pursued in his cruiser. A short distance away, at Bayly Street and Brock Road, the Mercedes-Benz became involved in a collision with another vehicle. A 37-year-old male passenger from the Mercedes-Benz was taken to hospital for treatment of a serious injury.

The SIU is urging anyone who may have information about either investigation, including video or photos, to contact the lead investigator at 1-800-787-8529 or online at:

If you or someone you know is an affected person in need of support, please call the Affected Persons Program General Referral Line at 1-877-641-1897 or click here for more information:

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,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES