SIU Investigates Vehicle Death in Thorold

    TORONTO, Oct. 11 /CNW/ - The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is
investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 15-year-old male in
connection with a police pursuit in Thorold late last evening.
    The Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) reported to the SIU that at
approximately 11:00 p.m. on October 10, 2007, officers observed an SUV that
was reported stolen in Thorold. Officers attempted to stop this SUV. They
became involved in a pursuit when the SUV, together with another vehicle - a
Hummer, drove off.
    At the intersection of Barron Rd. and Centre St., the Hummer left the
roadway and struck a tree. The driver, a 15-year-old male, was pronounced dead
at the scene. The driver of the SUV fled the scene.
    The SIU has assigned seven investigators, three forensic identification
technicians and one collision reconstructionist to investigate the nature and
extent of police involvement in the events surrounding the collision. The SIU
has designated four officers from the NRPS as witness officers and two as
subject officers. Interviews are ongoing and a post mortem examination is
taking place today.
    The SIU is appealing for anyone who witnessed this incident to contact
the Unit at 416-622-1886 or 1-800-787-8529 x.1886.

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

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