News Release

SIU Investigating After Woman Falls from Bridge in St. Catharines

Case Number: 23-OCI-103   

Mississauga, ON (10 April, 2023) ---
The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the serious injuries suffered by a 54-year-old woman after she fell from an overpass on the Queen Elizabeth Way at Niagara Street yesterday afternoon.

Preliminary information suggests the following:
  • At approximately 3:35 p.m., police were contacted about a woman in distress.
  • Niagara Regional Police Service officers and paramedics responded. Officers had a brief interaction with the woman. 
  • The woman fell to the ground below and was taken to hospital where she was diagnosed with serious injuries.
The SIU is urging anyone who may have information about this investigation, including cellphone or dashcam video, 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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Kristy Denette,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES