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SIU invokes mandate following fatal crash in Sarnia

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The Special Investigations Unit has been called in to probe the death of a motorist in Sarnia.

Investigators said an officer noticed a vehicle committing a driving offence while driving northbound on Russell Street shortly after 4 a.m. Wednesday.

Police say the driver of the suspect’s vehicle attempted to evade the officer. A short time later, police say the vehicle collided with a fence line on the west side of Russell Street, between Maria Street and George Street.

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The driver of the vehicle was pronounced dead at the scene.

The Special Investigations Unit was notified and has invoked its mandate.

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Police say they expect the closure of Russell Street, between Maria Street and George Street, to last all day Wednesday for the investigation.

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Access to Bluewater Health will be limited, and Hanna Memorial Public School will be closed to in-person learning Wednesday.

The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information is asked to contact the SIU at 416-622-0784 or 1-800-787-8529.

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