Police said SIU has been brought in to the investigation in the aftermath of the death of a 35-year-old male motorcyclist who, after evading pursuing OPP officers on the 402, T-boned a female SUV driver in Sarnia Jun. 25.
Sarnia Police confirmed OPP officers had been following the motorcycle driver west on Highway 402 yesterday morning until the motorcyclist left the highway onto Indian Road North at approximately 6:40 a.m. Police said that at that point officers disengaged their chase of the driver.
Moments later, police said, the motorcycle driver T-boned the SUV near the corner of Indian Road and Michigan Avenue, outside Northern Collegiate high school.
Emergency personnel pronounced the driver of the motorcycle dead at the scene.
Both vehicles were significantly damaged, with the motorcycle nearly unrecognizable.
The 28-year-old female driver of the SUV sustained serious injuries and was taken to London Health Sciences Centre. The Jaws of Life were required to remove her from her vehicle.
Sarnia police blocked off roads surrounding the scene just after 7 a.m.
Police said four investigators, two forensic investigators and one collision specialist are examining all of the factors that led to the fatal accident.
An autopsy on the motorcycle driver will be performed today in London.
The 28-year-old SUV driver's great aunt, who cannot be named until both of the victim's names are publicly released, received a call late last night from the victim’s mother about the tragic news.
"I was shocked and couldn't believe something like this could ever happen to such a good person, she’s an angel, with her whole life still in front of her," said the 28-year-old female's great aunt. "She just got married last year."
She added that doctors said, as of late last night, her great niece’s condition is still critical.
The SUV driver was only a couple blocks away from home when the accident happened.
Officials still won't say why provincial police were following the motorcyclist, but said that question and others are part of the ongoing SIU investigation.
Police are asking that anyone with information regarding this case to please contact the SIU at 416-622-1935 or 1-800-787-8529 Ext. 1935.