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SIU Investigating after Pedestrian Struck by Vehicle in Ottawa

Case Number: 23-OVD-111   

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Mississauga, ON (16 April, 2023) ---
The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding the serious injuries suffered by a 46-year-old man last night in Ottawa.

Preliminary information suggests the following:
  • In the evening of April 15, 2023, an Ottawa Police Service officer was in the area of Shillington Avenue when he observed a vehicle of interest, a Honda Civic. The officer, in an unmarked police vehicle, began to follow the Civic. 
  • In the area of Carling Avenue and Merivale Road, the officer, as well as other officers in marked police vehicles, attempted to stop the Civic.
  • The driver of the Civic fled the scene in the vehicle.
  • Shortly after, at Richmond Road and Kirkwood Avenue, the Civic struck a 46-year-old man who was crossing the street. The pedestrian was taken to hospital where he is in the Intensive Care Unit.
  • The driver of the Civic was later apprehended by police.

Four investigators and three forensic investigators have been assigned to the case. At this time, one subject official and two witness officials have been designated.

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:

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