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News Release

SIU Terminates Investigation of Incident at Yonge and Wellesley Streets

Case Number: 05-TVI-026

Mississauga (10 March, 2005) --- The Special Investigations Unit has terminated its investigation of the incident that occurred on March 8, 2005 at the intersection of Yonge and Wellesley Streets in Toronto, in which a 34-year-old male was struck by a Toronto Police Service cruiser.

Police had been called to the intersection in response to reports of the male acting in a threatening fashion in the area. The male was eventually arrested and taken to St. Michaels' Hospital for an injury to his left wrist sustained in the collision.

Upon review of medical information related to the injury, the SIU confirmed that the male sustained a minor hairline fracture of the left wrist. In the circumstances, SIU Director James L. Cornish has decided the incident does not fall within the SIU's mandate, which is limited to incidents of serious injury and death that occur in circumstances involving the police.

As the incident now falls within the purview of the TPS, the SIU will make no further comment on it.

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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SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342