SIU Investigates Collision in Mississauga



    TORONTO, Sept. 20 /CNW/ - The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is
appealing for witnesses in its probe of a collision in Mississauga on Friday,
September 19, 2008.
    At approximately 2 p.m., a van, that had been reported stolen, struck the
back of car that was westbound on Morningstar Drive and preparing to turn
south onto Goreway Drive. Prior to the collision, the van had been stopped a
short distance away by a Peel Regional Police officer on Drifton Crescent for
investigation. While the officer was attempting to question the driver, he
sped off.
    As a result of the collision, both vehicles spun out of control, the car
into a tree and the van into a concrete pole. The 47-year-old woman, who had
to be extricated from the wreckage by firefighters, was treated for minor neck
and back injuries and released from Etobicoke General Hospital.
    The driver of the van was treated for a broken rib at Brampton Civic
Hospital and released into police custody. Peel Regional Police have charged
32-year-old Juston Craig of no fixed address with possession of property
obtained by crime, flight from a police officer, dangerous operation of a
motor vehicle, fail to remain at the scene of an accident and breach of
probation.
    The SIU is appealing for anyone, who either witnessed this incident or
may have any information in connection with this matter, to contact the Unit
at 416-622-0748, extension 1988.

    The SIU is a civilian agency that investigates cases of serious injuries
(including allegations of sexual assault) and deaths involving the police.
Pursuant to section 113 of the Police Services Act, the Director of the SIU is
mandated to consider whether a criminal offence has been committed by an
officer(s) in connection with the incident under investigation and, where
warranted by the evidence, to cause a criminal charge or charges to be laid
against the officer(s). The Director reports the results of investigations to
the Attorney General.





For further information:

For further information: John Yoannou, SIU Communications/Service des
communications, UES, Telephone/No de téléphone: (416) 622-2342 or/ou
1-800-787-8529; For general information about the SIU, please visit our
website at www.siu.on.ca

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