Impaired Charges Laid in Fatal Collision That Took the Life of York Regional Police Constable Travis Gillespie

Posted On Thursday September 15, 2022

Region of Peel – York Regional Police Officers have laid charges against a 23-year-old Markham man after a fatal collision that took the life of York Regional Police Constable Travis Gillespie in Markham. 

On Wednesday, September 14, 2022, at approximately 6:00 a.m., York Regional Police responded to reports of a motor vehicle collision along Major Mackenzie Drive near Warden Avenue in the City of Markham.

Constable Travis Gillespie, 38, was pronounced deceased on the scene. 

A 23-year-old Markham man was taken into custody by York Regional Police officers and was transported to a trauma centre. His injuries are considered minor. A third involved driver did not sustain any injuries.

Peel Regional Police Major Collision Bureau took carriage of the investigation and 23-year-old Haoju Zhou from Markham has been charged with the following offences: 

  • Impaired Operation Cause Death 
  • Dangerous Operation Cause Death

Haoju Zhou was released from hospital and appeared for a bail hearing before the Superior Court of Justice in York Region on September 14, 2022.

Anyone with information is asked to call officers at Road Safety Services (905) 453–2121, ext. 3710.  Anonymous information may also be submitted by calling Peel Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), by visiting

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