SIU Statement on Multi-Vehicle Collision in Toronto

    TORONTO, June 2 /CNW/ - The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is
continuing to probe the circumstances surrounding a fatal collision that
occurred Saturday morning at approximately 2:05 a.m., that has left two people
dead and one critically injured.
    Preliminary information from the investigation indicates that officers in
two marked cruisers started to follow a blue Acura which was seen traveling
north on Islington at a high rate of speed. Contrary to a media report, the
SIU is not able to confirm at this stage in the investigation what speeds the
vehicles were traveling prior to the collision.
    There were two females in one of the taxicabs. A 16-year-old young girl
was pronounced dead at the scene and a 17-year-old young girl is at Sunnybrook
Health Sciences Centre with life-threatening injuries. The male driver of the
Acura, 15 years of age, was the sole occupant in the car. He was also taken to
hospital where he was pronounced dead at 7:47 a.m. Neither of the cab drivers
suffered any serious injuries.
    It is not clear at this stage in the investigation whether the driver of
the Acura was involved in the gun call.
    SIU investigators are continuing to probe the extent of police
involvement in the events surrounding the collision.

    The SIU is a civilian agency that investigates circumstances involving
police and civilians which have resulted in serious injury, sexual assault or
death. Under Part VII, Section 113, of the Police Services Act, the Director
of the SIU has the sole authority to decide whether or not charges are
warranted based on the findings of a complete 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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