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News Release

SIU Concludes Investigation into Fatal Toronto Collision

Case Number: 05-TVD-159

TORONTO (23 December, 2005) --- The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), James Cornish, has concluded that a Toronto Police Service (TPS) officer is not criminally liable in relation to the circumstances leading up to a collision that killed three men on October 2, 2005.

Nicholas Vanderboom, 19 years of age, suffered fatal injuries when a motorcycle struck the car he was driving. Both occupants on the motorcycle, Kenneth Walton and his passenger Blake Deck, also died from their injuries.

The investigation revealed that at about 1:16 a.m., TPS officers had responded to a stabbing incident in the area of Yonge Street and Kempford Boulevard. Several cruisers were parked in the area and some of them had their emergency lights activated. While there, officers noticed several motorcycles drive by them at a high rate of speed northbound on Yonge. Civilian witnesses also reported seeing a motorcycle, traveling at a high rate speed and "pulling wheelies." It reportedly turned west onto Finch Avenue.

Two officers got into a marked cruiser followed north on Yonge to Finch. Once they turned west onto Finch, they drove at or below the speed limit to try and locate the motorcycles. The officers turned off Finch before reaching the accident scene and made their way back to the station.

At 1:29 a.m., the first report of a collision came into the TPS. Mr. Vanderboom had driven south on Talbot Road and was stopped at a red light at Finch Avenue. He had turned west onto Finch and as he attempted to make a u-turn around the island to go east, he was struck by the motorcycle that was also traveling west.

Director Cornish concluded there is no evidence to suggest that the subject officer caused this tragic and senseless collision. He stated this motorcycle fled from the officers on Yonge Street and no cruiser ever got close to the motorcycle again until after this collision.

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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