SIU Appeals for Witnesses to Hamilton Collision

    TORONTO, Aug. 20 /CNW/ - Investigators with the Special Investigations
Unit (SIU) are requesting the assistance of the public in locating any
witnesses to the fatal collision that occurred on August 18, 2007, which
claimed the lives of two young men in Hamilton.
    At approximately 2:56 a.m., on Saturday morning, three young men were in
a Mercedes Benz and traveling eastbound on Lawrence Road. The driver of the
car lost control, left the road and struck a house on Cochrane Road. The
driver and front passenger suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene. The
rear passenger was taken to hospital where he is being treated for a broken
    The SIU is probing the police activity in the circumstances surrounding
the collision. Investigators would like to speak with the following people who
may have witnessed this incident:

    -  The occupant(s) in a black SUV that was traveling eastbound on
       Lawrence and turned north onto Arlington Road;
    -  The occupant(s) in a two tone blue Ford truck that was stationary and
       facing north on Cochrane Road;
    -  A man with a grey beard wearing a red t-shirt, who was seen standing
       near the intersection of Cochrane and Lawrence Roads.

    Investigators also continue to ask for anyone else who witnessed this
incident or has any information in relation to it to contact the lead
investigator at 1-800-787-8529 x 1886 or 416-622-1886.

    The SIU is a civilian government agency that investigates circumstances
involving police and civilians, which have resulted in serious injury or
death. Under Section 113 of the Police Services Act, the Director of the SIU
has the authority to decide whether or not charges are warranted based on the
findings of an investigation. The Director's decision is reported to the
Attorney General.

For further information:

For further information: Rose Bliss, SIU Communications, Service des
communications, UES, Telephone, No de telephone: (416) 622-2342 or, ou

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