SIU Continues Investigation into Vehicle Crash in Toronto

    TORONTO, Dec. 29 /CNW/ - The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is
continuing its investigation into the circumstances surrounding the crash of a
vehicle after it was involved in a pursuit with the Toronto Police Service
(TPS) yesterday afternoon.
    Just before 3:00 p.m., Friday December 28, 2007, a TPS officer attempted
to stop a van in the area of Old Weston Rd. and St. Clair Ave. for a traffic
offence. The officer followed the van though heavy traffic. The van travelled
along a number of streets and then turned north on Keele St. As the van
approached St. Clair Ave. it went through the red light and crossed into the
southbound lanes of Weston Rd. At this point the officer activated the police
car's emergency lights and siren. The officer stopped at St. Clair before
proceeding through the intersection. The officer lost sight of the van after
the van cleared the intersection. On Weston Rd. just north of Gunns Rd. the
van's driver lost control of it. The van struck a pole on the east side of
Weston Rd., spun around, hit a wall, and came to rest against another pole.
The officers came upon the crash after it happened.
    The 31-year-old male driver of the van was ejected from the van and
landed in a snow bank. The 36-year-old male was trapped in the vehicle and had
to be cut free by the Toronto Fire Department. Both the driver and passenger,
who are Quebec residents, were taken by ambulance to Sunnybrook Hospital for
treatment. The passenger was treated for chest injuries and released. The
driver was admitted to hospital with a broken wrist and leg.
    The SIU has assigned three field investigators and two forensic
identification technicians to probe the circumstances surrounding this crash.
    The SIU is appealing for anyone who witnessed this incident to contact
the Lead Investigator at 416-622-1957 or 1-800-787-8529 extension 1957
    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: Frank Phillips, SIU Communications/Service des
communications, UES Telephone/No de telephone: (416) 622-2342 or/ou
1-800-787-8529 extension 2342

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