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Police funeral for Const. Styles set for Tuesday

NEWMARKET, Ont. – The funeral for York police Const. Garrett Styles, killed during a traffic stop on Highway 48, will be held on Tuesday in Newmarket.

The York Regional Police Association said the viewing will be on Monday in Thornhill.

Meanwhile, tributes continue to pour in for the fallen officer. Share your condolences here.

Const. Styles, 32, was run over by a vehicle just before 5 a.m. Tuesday during a routine traffic stop on Highway 48, east of Newmarket, and pinned underneath.

Flowers and condolence cards have been placed up against the front of York police’s 1 District Headquarters in Newmarket, Ont., where the constable worked out of.

His fellow officers passed by and stopped to look at the show of respect. They are touched by the public display of affection.

One card, placed by a 10-year-old boy named Tyler, read: “To the Styles family, I know the experience you are going through — my father died when I was younger, but stay strong. I know my dad and your dad would want you to be.”

The officer, a seven-year veteran of the police force, leaves behind his wife Melissa, who also works for York Regional Police, a two-and-a-half year old daughter and a nine-week old son.

York police officers have been out Wednesday morning at the scene of the tragedy looking for drivers who may have witnessed the incident.

York police Chief Eric Jolliffe spoke to reporters Tuesday afternoon.

Chief Jolliffe said Const. Styles had pulled over a van driven by the 15-year-old male. Styles had been standing at the drivers side door when the vehicle accelerated. He was dragged around 300-meters and pinned under the vehicle.

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

Chief Jolliffe said the teenage driver was taken to hospital with serious injuries and is in police custody. The other passengers inside the vehicle at the time of the collision are cooperating with police.

Earlier in the day, Chief Jolliffe stood outside police headquarters and announced the death of Const. Styles.

“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.”

Chief Jolliffe said Const. Styles came from a policing family and was a devoted officer who always had time to assist others.

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