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News Release

SIU Concludes Vehicle Injury Investigation near Casselman

Case Number: 12-PVI-251

Mississauga (23 October, 2012) --- The Acting Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Joseph Martino, has concluded that there are no reasonable grounds to charge an Ontario Provincial Police officer with any criminal offence in relation to the injuries sustained by a 51-year-old man in August of 2012.

The SIU assigned three investigators, two forensic investigators and a collision reconstructionist to probe the circumstances of this incident.  As part of the investigation, two witness officers and three civilian witnesses were interviewed.  The subject officer was interviewed and provided a copy of his duty notes.

The SIU investigation found that the following events took place on Friday, August 31, 2012:
• In the early afternoon hours, the subject officer and a couple of other officers were conducting routine traffic enforcement on Highway 417.
• A BMW vehicle traveling eastbound had been pulled over for speeding just west of Casselman, and the subject officer positioned his police cruiser behind the BMW.  Both vehicles were stopped and completely on the paved shoulder south of the eastbound lanes.
• The subject officer left his vehicle and approached the passenger side of the BMW to deal with its occupants.  Seconds later, a Volkswagen Golf vehicle proceeding eastbound on the highway veered into the shoulder and struck the rear of the subject officer’s cruiser.  The collision propelled the cruiser into the rear of the BMW, and sent both vehicles more than 17 metres east along the shoulder. 
• The driver of the Volkswagen broke both wrists in the collision.  None of the other participants suffered any serious injury.

Acting Director Martino said, “It is clear that the officer exercised due regard for the safety of the travelling public, and that he did nothing to cause or contribute to this motor vehicle 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. 

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