Mississauga and Brampton cops investigating after officer killed in Markham crash

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Published September 14, 2022 at 1:26 pm

Peel Regional Police are investigating a fatal crash this morning (Sept. 14) that killed a York Regional Police officer while on his way to work in Markham.

At around 6 a.m., a white Honda Accord and a Porche Cayenne collided at the Markham intersection of Major Mackenzie Drive and Warden Avenue.

The driver of the Honda, 38 year old Cst. Travis Gillespie of York Police, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The other vehicle’s driver, a 23 year old man Markham man, was transported to hospital.

Peel Police have been called to investigate the collision “to ensure members of York Regional Police are not further traumatized by this incident.”

“This is devastating news for all members of our organization,” said York Police Chief Jim MacSween. “I offer my deepest condolences to Travis’ family, friends and colleagues. It’s never easy to lose a member and to have lost Travis so unexpectedly is very difficult.”

Premier Doug Ford and other police forces and emergency services in Ontario also shared their condolences.

Gillespie was sworn in as a police constable on April 29, 2020 and was assigned to #2 District Uniform Patrol in Richmond Hill and in the Thornhill area of Markham and Vaughan.

Prior to joining the force, he worked as a Metrolinx/Go Transit special constable and as a volunteer worker for Community Living and Primal MMA Academy.

He is survived by his parents, loved ones and colleagues.

The investigation into the collision is ongoing, with police seeking witnesses and anyone with dashcam footage or residential video surveillance footage of the incident.

Anyone with information is asked to call 1-866-876-5423, ext. 7704 to reach a Peel Police investigator or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS.

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