SIU Investigates Collision Near Wallaceburg

    TORONTO, Dec. 14 /CNW/ - Six investigators from the Special
Investigations Unit (SIU) are investigating the circumstances of a collision
that has left a 79-year-old woman dead.
    The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) notified the SIU that at
approximately 5:15 p.m. on December 13, 2007, an on-duty OPP officer in an
unmarked police vehicle became involved in a collision with a civilian vehicle
on Highway 40 at the intersection of Langstaff Line, north of Wallaceburg.
    Seventy-nine-year-old Phyllis Cosford was pronounced dead at the scene. A
post mortem examination is taking place this afternoon.
    The SIU has designated one subject officer and two witness officers from
the OPP and will be interviewing witnesses today.
    SIU investigators are probing the nature and extent of police involvement
in all the circumstances surrounding the fatal collision. Anyone who witnessed
this incident is asked to contact the lead investigator at 416-622-2038 or
1-800-787-8529 x 2038.

    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: SIU Communications/Service des communications,
UES, Telephone/No de telephone: (416) 622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529

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