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OPP Association Statement on London, Ontario Deaths & Injury Motivated By Islamophobia

  • Date:June 07, 2021
"The OPP Association are deeply saddened to learn of the deaths and injury motivated by hate and Islamophobia in London, Ontario.  Our thoughts are with the victim family and friends.  We strongly condemn hate in any form and strongly support a diverse and inclusive Canada with opportunity and safety for all."
 
President Rob Stinson and the Board of Directors
Ontario Provincial Police Association 

The following are the media updates from London Police Service:
 

POLICE INVESTIGATING FATAL COLLISION IN NORTH-WEST

Posted on Monday June 7, 2021

UPDATE # 2 – LONDON, ON (June 7, 2021) – On Sunday, June 6, 2021, at approximately 8:40 p.m., a vehicle struck five citizens as they walked along the west side of Hyde Park Road, where it meets South Carriage Road. A black pickup truck, occupied by a lone male travelling southbound on Hyde Park Road, mounted the curb and struck the five victims waiting to cross the intersection. The pickup truck continued to travel southbound on Hyde Park Road at a high rate of speed. It was observed to turn left on Oxford Street, not stopping for the red light.  Several 9-1-1 calls were received and emergency crews quickly attended the scene, and commenced life-saving efforts.

At approximately 8:45 p.m., the lone occupant of the vehicle stopped in the parking lot of a mall located at Oxford Street West and Cherryhill Boulevard, a distance of approximately seven (7) km away from the scene. Police attended this location and placed the driver under arrest.  

The victims were all members of the same family. The deceased include a 74-year-old female, a 46-year-old male, a 44-year-old female, and a 15-year-old female. One 9-year-old male remains in hospital with serious, but non-life-threatening injuries.

As a result of the investigation, Nathaniel Veltman, 20, of London, has been charged with four counts of first degree murder and one count of attempt murder.  He appeared in London court today in relation to the charges.

Family members of the victims have requested that the names of the victims not be released at this time. The post-mortems are scheduled to occur tomorrow at the Centre of Forensic Sciences in Toronto.

Investigators believe that this was an intentional act and that the victims were targeted because of their Islamic faith. There is evidence that this was a planned, premeditated act, motivated by hate.

There is no known previous connection between the suspect and the victims.

The scene of the collision has reopened to the public.

We would like to offer sincere condolences on behalf of the London Police Service to the family, friends and loved ones of the victims of this tragedy. Our thoughts remain with the young boy still in hospital.

A tip line has been set up – 519 661-5515 ext 5842. Anyone with information regarding this incident is urged to call in. The Crime Stoppers phone number 1-800-222-TIPS is also available for people to call anonymously

Additional support lines for community members:

Victim Services of Middlesex London: 226-678-4631 or email staff@vsmiddlesex.org

Muslim Resource Centre for Social Support and Integration: 519-672-6000 ext. 309.
 
*Link to press conference

UPDATE # 1 – LONDON, ON (June 7, 2021) – The investigation into the fatal collision that occurred last night continues.

At approximately 8:40 p.m., emergency crews responded to reports of pedestrians struck by a motor vehicle on Hyde Park Road just south of South Carriage Road. One adult female was pronounced deceased at the scene. One adult male, one adult female, and two children were transported to hospital by paramedic services. The two adults and one teenaged child succumbed to their injuries at hospital. The other child remains in hospital in serious but non-life-threatening condition.

A 20-year-old London man was arrested a short time later without incident in the area of Oxford Street West and Cherryhill Boulevard. He remains in custody at this time.

All previously reported road closures remain closed.

 

 

ORIGINAL – LONDON, ON (June 7, 2021) – Members of the London Police Service Major Crime Section and Traffic Management Unit are investigating a serious motor vehicle collision that took place earlier this evening in the north-west end of city.

On Sunday, June 6, 2021, at approximately 8:40 p.m. emergency crews responded to a single motor vehicle collision involving multiple pedestrians at the intersection of Hyde Park and South Carriage roads. One pedestrian was pronounced deceased at the scene, while a number of others were transported to hospital by paramedic services.

Multiple victims have succumbed to their injuries.  

The adult male driver of the motor vehicle was arrested a short time later.

Hyde Park Road is closed between Sarnia and Gainsborough roads. South Carriage Road remains closed between Prince of Wales Gate and Finley Crescent while officers continue to investigate.

Anyone with information in relation to this incident is asked to call the London Police Service at (519) 661-5670 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477). Information can also be sent in online anonymously to London Elgin Middlesex Crime Stoppers.

 

For media inquiries, contact:

Cst. Sandasha Bough
Media Relations Officer
C. 519-854-8576
Email. Media Officer