The Special Investigations Unit has identified the passenger who died after falling from a motorcycle involved in a police chase last Friday.

Ioana Bocunescu, 40, of Toronto, died on scene after the driver of a motorcycle attempted to speed away from a Durham police cruiser when it was pulled over on Highway 401 near Brock Street in Whitby last Friday night.

It is unclear why the motorcycle was being pulled over, said SIU spokeswoman Monica Hudon.

Bocunescu, who was sitting on the back on the bike, was struck by at least one vehicle, Hudon said.

The SIU is called in on all cases of serious injury, death or sexual assault that involves police.
The driver of the motorcycle has not been arrested.