Investigation begins into fatal police crash
Woman dies as police respond to medical emergency involving colleague
Seven members of Ontario's Special Investigations Unit arrived in Windsor from Toronto Tuesday morning to investigate a deadly crash between a police cruiser and a car on Monday night.
The crash happened at about 8 p.m. at the intersection of Langlois Avenue and Wyandotte Street.
Witnesses told CBC News the police cruiser was driving fast eastbound on Wyandotte Street with its lights flashing and siren on when the other car ran a stop sign at the intersection.
"The cop tried to swerve out of the way, but he just couldn't get out of the way, and he ended up hitting the side of the car," witness Kyle Banks told CBC News. "After that, the Jaws of Life came in and started tearing the car apart."
"It's a scary situation," Christina Mills said at the scene of the crash. "I had my phone with me and I started dialing numbers, and by that time the police and the ambulance and the fire trucks were already on their way."
The passenger in the car, a 56-year-old woman, was pronounced dead at Hôtel-Dieu Grace Hospital some time later. The driver was also taken to hospital, where she is listed in stable condition.
The two police officers in the cruiser were treated for bumps and sprains.
Officer dies after heart attack
The officers had been on their way to "expedite the transport of [a] patient" from Walkerville Collegiate Institute to Windsor Regional Metropolitan Hospital, police said.
The patient, Senior Const. Mark Landry, 49, had suffered a heart attack while playing basketball at the high school. He was pronounced dead later at hospital.
Landry was a 19-veteran of the Windsor Police Service and "an extremely popular officer amongst his peers," police said.
It's not unusual for emergency workers to request a police escort for ambulances, Sgt. Brett Corey told CBC News.
"It's hard to say how long [the investigation] will take," said Monico Hudon, a spokeswoman for the SIU.
"Every investigation is different," Hudon said. "The investigators write a report, and this report is then shared with the director who makes the decision as to whether there was any criminal responsibility" on the part of the police, she added.