Special Investigations Unit (SIU)

Special Investigations Unit (SIU)

August 19, 2005 15:30 ET

SIU Appeals for Witnesses to Police Pursuit in London

Attention: News Editor TORONTO--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 19, 2005) - Investigators with the Special Investigations Unit are asking anyone who witnessed the police pursuit, involving officers from the London Police Service (LPS), to contact the Unit at 416-622-1988 or 1-800-787-8529.

The SIU is investigating the police pursuit and the circumstances surrounding the collision that occurred on August 17, 2005, in London. The pursuit route started at Nichol's arena and continued through the City of London to Highway 402 when it rolled into a ditch between Colonel Talbot and Wonderland Roads. The four occupants in the SUV were ejected from the car.

One of the deceased men has been identified as Sean Patrick McGrath, 37 years of age. The identity of the second deceased man has not been confirmed. Two men also suffered serious injuries and remain in hospital. Akili Roberts, is in stable condition and a fourth man is in critical condition.

There is no indication at this stage in the investigation that officers discharged their firearms during the police pursuit. The SIU has designated one subject and nine witness officers and over 10 civilian witness interviews have been conducted to date.

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.


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

Contact Information

  • Rose Bliss, Communications Manager, Special Investigations Unit
    Primary Phone: 416-622-2342