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News Release

SIU Concludes Ottawa Collision Investigation

Case Number: 05-OVI-020

Mississauga (6 April, 2005) --- James L. Cornish, the Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), has concluded that an Ottawa Police Service (OPS) officer is not criminally responsible for a collision that occurred on February 18, 2005.

An OPS officer in a marked police cruiser collided with a van, which, in turn, struck a 69-year-old woman. The woman was in a motorized wheelchair and suffered a fractured pelvis and ankle as a result of being hit.

The SIU investigation determined that at approximately 12:04 p.m., an OPS officer was dispatched to investigate reports of youths fighting with weapons at a high school. The officer was traveling eastbound on Richmond Road with the cruiser's siren and emergency lights activated. As the officer approached the intersection of Woodroofe Avenue and Richmond Road, the officer slowed. He believed the intersection was clear and entered the intersection against a red traffic signal. A van, which was traveling northbound on Woodroofe, also entered the intersection and was struck by the police cruiser. The van then struck the woman who was waiting at the northeast corner of the intersection.

Director Cornish concluded that the driver of the van pulled into the path of the cruiser and was struck on the driver's side. The Director stated, "Of course the tragedy of this is that a lady in a motorized wheelchair was struck by the van after the cruiser hit it and the lady was seriously injured as a result."

The SIU is an arm’s length agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault. Under the Police Services Act, the Director of the SIU must

  • consider whether an officer has committed a criminal offence  in connection with the incident under investigation
  • depending on the evidence, lay a criminal charge against the officer if appropriate or close the file without any charges being laid
  • report the results of any investigations to the Attorney General. 
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