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News Release

SIU Concludes Investigation into Toronto Collision

Case Number: 05-TVI-003

Mississauga (14 February, 2005) --- James Cornish, the Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), has concluded that a Toronto Police Service (TPS) officer is not criminally responsible for a collision that occurred at 11:04 p.m., on January 12, 2005.

The SIU was notified that a TPS officer in a marked cruiser was pursuing a minivan when the van mounted a curb and struck two pedestrians at the intersection of Victoria Park and Finch Avenues. A 22-year-old man suffered multiple fractures and a 19-year-old man was treated at hospital for minor injuries.

The SIU investigation revealed that two officers in a fully marked cruiser were stopped behind a minivan at McNicoll and Victoria Park Avenues. When the traffic light signal turned green, the officers noticed the driver of the van was driving erratically. The police attempted to stop the van and initiated a pursuit of the car, activating the cruiser's emergency lights and siren. The pursuit continued southbound along Victoria Park Avenue, past Morecambe Gate. At the intersection of Victoria Park and Finch Avenues, the driver of the van attempted to make a right turn. The van skidded through the intersection, mounted the curb, and struck two pedestrians who were waiting to cross the road.

Having reviewed all the available evidence, Director Cornish concluded the officers were simply doing their job in attempting to enforce the law. He stated, "This pursuit lasted for a matter of seconds and in the short time span within which it took place, there was very little opportunity for the subject officer to evaluate whether to discontinue the pursuit."

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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