05/24/2004

Ontario, Canada Police Officer Killed in Traffic Collision

Officer Down: N/A - [Seeleys Bay, Ontario, ]

The Associated Press

Seeleys Bay, Ontario, Canada (CP) -- An Ontario Provincial Police officer died Sunday evening from injuries sustained in a traffic accident earlier in the day.

The officer was travelling southbound on Highway 15 when his cruiser collided with a northbound vehicle near the exit to Seeleys Bay, northeast of Kingston, Ont.

The female driver of the northbound vehicle suffered non-life threatening injuries, police said in a release.

An adult passenger and two children in the backseat of the vehicle were uninjured.

The name of the officer was withheld pending notification of next of kin.

The officer is the second in Ontario to die in the line of duty in the past 10 days and the second to die in the area in the past year.

Const. Chris Garrett, 39, was killed in Cobourg, Ont., after being slashed in the neck with a hunting knife on May 15. A teen faces charges in the murder.

Thousands of people, including Premier Dalton McGuinty, attended his funeral on Thursday.

Sr. Const. John Flagg, 55, died in September when his motorcycle collided with a pickup truck during a high-speed pursuit near the village of Almonte, 50 kilometres north of Seeleys Bay. He was 55.

A number of other officers have died in vehicle accidents in the province.

Toronto Const. Laura Ellis, 31, was killed in 2002 when a cruiser collided with another car and then struck a utility pole.

OPP Sgt. Marg Eve died in 2000 after a truck hit three police cars on the side of Highway 401 near London, Ont.

In 1999, OPP Const. James McFadden was killed while writing a ticket near Chatham, Ont.

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