Update - Fatal Traffic Collision (rel# 651, 652, 654, 655)

Saskatoon Police are continuing to investigate the fatal collision from yesterday afternoon.

Police were called to a multi-vehicle collision at approximately 1:25 p.m., September 7, 2016. Preliminary investigation by the Collision Analyst Unit has determined that a vehicle traveling northbound on Circle Drive struck a piece of construction equipment (“Zoom Boom”). The northbound vehicle then crossed the median and struck a southbound vehicle. The 70-year-old driver of the southbound vehicle was pronounced deceased at the scene. His name is not being released at this time.

A 17-year-old man was transported to hospital with non-life threatening injuries. He was released into Police custody yesterday evening. He appeared in Court this morning for Breach of Probation (x2) and Breach of Undertaking (x2). (Court Information # 43844297). The investigation into any criminal driving charges is ongoing. The SPS Traffic Unit is investigating the incident with the assistance of the Major Crime Unit.

Prior to the fatal collision, Police received two reports of the suspect vehicle being driven erratically. Patrol members were actively looking for, but had not located the vehicle when the fatal collision occurred.

Due to the nature of the investigation and the scale of the crime scene, traffic restrictions were in place for nearly six hours and caused delays throughout the city. Police wish to remind the public that scene examination of a collision is challenging. Collision investigators must carefully and systematically preserve and collect evidence of what has occurred. The Police must never arrive at a crash, assume one person is responsible and employ shortcuts in the investigation. The Courts have established standards of investigational competence for police services and police can be held civilly liable.

The families of the deceased will always have questions; part of the job of Police is to address their concerns and provide the answers they rightly deserve.

(Occurrence Number: 16-89910)