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Special Investigations looking into St. Catharines crash

Driver and passenger of vehicle police attempted to stop injured, sent to hospital
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MISSISSAUGA, ON - The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a collision that occurred earlier today in St. Catharines, resulting in injuries to two people.

Preliminary information suggests the following:

  • In the early morning hours of March 16, 2019, an Ontario Provincial Police officer was conducting stationary radar enforcement on eastbound QEW.
  • At approximately 3 a.m., the officer observed a vehicle of interest and attempted to stop it. The vehicle did not stop, and instead turned onto Highway 406.
  • The vehicle then turned onto the Fourth Avenue ramp, and shortly after crashed into a retainer wall.
  • Both the 20-year-old male driver of the vehicle and the 21-year-old male passenger were taken to hospital for treatment.

At this time, three investigators, two forensic investigators and one collision reconstructionist have been assigned to this case.

The SIU is urging anyone who may have information about this investigation to contact the Unit at 1-800-787-8529. The Unit is also urging anyone who may have any video evidence related to this incident to upload that video through the SIU website.

The SIU is an arm’s length agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault. Under the Police Services Act, the Director of the SIU must

  • consider whether an officer has committed a criminal offence  in connection with the incident under investigation
  • depending on the evidence, lay a criminal charge against the officer if appropriate or close the file without any charges being laid
  • report the results of any investigations to the Attorney General.