uzyozt · 2021-02-22

Inquest to probe 2008 death at HDH

An inquest will examine the death of a patient at Huronia District Hospital following a transfer from the Mental Health Centre in Penetanguishene.

Dr. Dirk Huyer, regional supervising coroner for central region, announced the inquest on Tuesday into the death of Gerald Michael Vaughan.

Vaughan, 57, died May 5, 2008, at the Midland hospital after a transfer from the Oak Ridge division of the Mental Health


Under the Coroners Act, an inquest is mandatory when a person dies while in custody.

The inquest will review the events surrounding Vaughan’s death. The jury may make recommendations aimed at preventing similar deaths.

The inquest, which is expected to last two days, will hear from approximately four witnesses. It will begin at 9:30 a.m. on May 19 at the Midland courthouse.

Dr. Gail Churchill will preside as inquest coroner, and David Russell will be counsel to the coroner.