07/26/2001 11:00PM

New investigation in Sikura death


TORONTO - Ontario Provincial Police are reexamining a coroner's investigation into the death of prominent owner/breeder John Sikura, who died in the passenger seat of his Cadillac Seville after it burst into flames on the driveway of his Stouffville, Ontario, home on Nov. 25, 1994.

York Regional Police ruled the death of the 60-year-old Sikura, of carbon monoxide poisoning, to be accidental and a yearlong coroner's investigation supported that conclusion.

But the OPP decided to review certain aspects of the case after new information, some of which involves possible witnesses, recently came to light.

Sikura's family sued General Motors for $136 million as a result of the fire and reached an out-of-court settlement, the amount of which was not disclosed, although the company denied fault.

Sikura was the owner of Hill 'N' Dale Farms, which is based in Lexington, Kentucky and Aurora, Ontario.