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York Region police officer dies after being pinned under vehicle

NEWMARKET, Ont. – A York Regional Police officer was struck and killed during an early morning traffic stop on Highway 48, east of Newmarket, Tuesday.

Const. Garrett Styles, 32, was run over by a vehicle just before 5 a.m. on Highway 48, north of Davis Drive, and pinned underneath.

The officer, a seven-year veteran of the police force, is survived by his wife and two small children.

York police Chief Eric Jolliffe will speak to reporters at 2 p.m.

Police have not commented officially on what happened, but it appears the officer was standing outside the stopped vehicle and may have been struck by a passing vehicle.

He was taken to South Lake Regional Health Centre where he died of his injuries.

“It’s with deep regret that I advise you that a very competent and capable police officer of York Regional Police has succumbed to his injuries this morning as a result of a traffic stop,” Chief Jolliffe told reporters.

“The family wishes that you observe some time for them to collect themselves. I’ve had some brief discussions with them, and they very much appreciate that at this particular time, you give them the space to deal with their loss.”

Highway 48 is closed in both directions between Mount Albert Road and Davis Drive for the police investigation, which is expected to remain in affect for the rest of the day.

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