TORONTO, Sept. 17 /CNW/ - The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is
investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a Markham woman, who
died in a collision with another vehicle following attempts by York Regional
Police to stop her.
Sara Foy, 52 years of age, was killed when her van struck a dump truck at
the intersection of Reesor Road and Highway No.7 at approximately 2 p.m.
Tuesday September 16, 2008. Police officers first spotted the vehicle in the
area of Reesor Road and Steeles Avenue after citizens called police to report
a motorist driving erratically. After previous attempts were made to stop the
vehicle, an officer laid down a 'spike belt' on Reesor Road south of the
collision scene; however, it failed to stop the van that proceeded north
across the railroad tracks and into the intersection despite one of its tires
being punctured by the belt.
A post-mortem is scheduled for later today.
The SIU is appealing for anyone who witnessed this incident to contact
the Unit at 416-622-0748, extension 9007 or 1-800-787-8529.
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 telephone: (416) 622-2342 or/ou
1-800-787-8529; For general information about the SIU, please visit our
website at www.siu.on.ca