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News Release

SIU Concludes Investigation into Fatal Motor Vehicle Collision in Toronto

Case Number: 07-TVD-193

TORONTO (21 December, 2007) --- The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), James Cornish, has concluded there are no reasonable grounds to believe that a Toronto Police Service (TPS) officer committed any criminal offence in regards to a fatal motor vehicle collision that occurred on Victoria Park Ave. and Holland Ave. on Tuesday, September 18th, 2007.

Four SIU investigators, three SIU forensic identification technicians (FITs), and one SIU accident reconstructionist were assigned to probe the circumstances surrounding this collision.

The SIU investigators determined that at approximately 12:18 a.m. a Toronto Police Officer was conducting traffic checks on Victoria Park Ave. south of Eglinton Ave. The officer checked the licence plate of an Acura that was southbound on Victoria Park Ave. and determined that the licence plate had been reported as missing, which meant the plate was either lost or stolen. In any event it the plate did not belong on the Acura. The officer activated the emergency lights on her police car to stop the Acura. The driver of the Acura did not stop, but rather sped up to flee from the officer. The driver of the Acura lost control of the car in the area of Holland Avenue, crossed into the northbound lanes, and collided with a vehicle that was northbound on Victoria Park Ave. The driver of the Acura suffered fatal injuries in the collision. The driver of the northbound car was taken to hospital where he was treated and released.

Director Cornish stated, "I am of the view that there are no reasonable grounds to support any criminal charges against the officer that was involved. The evidence indicates that the Acura sped away at a high rate of speed immediately after the officer activated her emergency lights and crashed within seconds after that. There is no indication that the police cruiser came close to the Acura or to its rate of speed."

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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