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News Release

Officer Charged in Relation to Pedestrian Fatality in Scarborough

Case Number: 14-OVD-037

Mississauga (12 June, 2014) --- The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Tony Loparco, has reasonable grounds to believe that a York Regional Police (YRP) officer committed a criminal offence in relation to the death of an 18-year-old female pedestrian in February of this year. Director Loparco has caused a charge to be laid against the officer.   

The SIU investigation determined that in the evening of Wednesday, February 12, 2014, Natasha Abogado was crossing St. Clair Avenue East (west of Warden Avenue) in a north to south direction.  While in the street, she was struck by an unmarked vehicle being driven eastbound by an on-duty YRP officer.  Ms. Abogado was pronounced dead at the scene.

As a result of the SIU investigation, YRP Constable Remo Romano is facing one charge of Dangerous Driving Causing Death, contrary to s. 249(4) of the Criminal Code of Canada.
The officer is compelled to appear before the Ontario Court of Justice at 1911 Eglinton Avenue East in Toronto on July 24, 2014.  The Justice Prosecutions branch of the Ministry of the Attorney General will have carriage of the prosecution.

As this matter is now before the courts, and in consideration of the fair trial interests of the charged officer and the community, the SIU will make no further comment pertaining to this investigation.

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. 

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