Barrie police have charged a 16-year-old boy in connection with a crash on New Year’s Day that caused serious injuries to the driver and three occupants of the vehicle.
The youth has been charged with three counts of dangerous operation of a conveyance (motor vehicle) causing bodily harm and flight from a peace officer.
Spokesman Peter Leon told Barrie 360 the charges were laid on Saturday.
The province’s police watchdog is investigating the collision that occurred around 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 1.
The Special Investigations Unit has said that officers in a cruiser spotted the driver of a silver car speeding on Yonge Street at Mapleview Drive East. The vehicle fled northbound on Yonge Street before it crashed into a cement pole at Yonge Street just north of Big Bay Point Road. Four people were taken to the hospital.
The SIU is seeking any witnesses or dashcam footage of the car fleeing police before it crashed into the pole.
Three investigators and two forensic investigators have been assigned to the case. One subject official and two witness officials have been designated at this time.
The SIU is urging anyone who may have information about this investigation, including video or photos, to contact the lead investigator at 1-800-787-8529 or online at: https://siu.on.ca/en/appeals.php
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