Special Investigations Unit (SIU)

Special Investigations Unit (SIU)

February 18, 2005 10:33 ET

SIU Udpates Burlington Investigation

Attention: News Editor TORONTO--(CCNMatthews - Feb. 18, 2005) - The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is continuing to probe the circumstances surrounding the death of a 45-year-old man in Burlington.

The deceased has been identified as Pierre Payette.

On February 16, 2005, at approximately 7:30 p.m., an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer from the Burlington detachment responded to a call of a male pedestrian walking along the QEW highway near Guelph line. The officer located Mr. Payette and a short time later, a car traveling eastbound on the highway struck Mr. Payette.

A post mortem examination for Mr. Payette is scheduled for today.

As part of the investigation, the SIU has designated one subject and three witness officers from the OPP. The Unit is appealing for anyone who witnessed this incident to contact the Unit at 416-622-1957 or 1-800-787-8529.

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