No Charges Warranted in Vehicle Collision that Resulted in Deaths of Two Individuals, and Injuries to Another
Case Number: 16-OVD-095
Other News Releases Related to Case 16-OVD-095
- Shortly after 1 a.m. on April 12, 2016, SO #1 attempted to stop a vehicle at the intersection of Cumberland Street and George Street for a provincial matter. This information was broadcasted over the radio, and SO #1 requested the assistance of another officer.
- With emergency equipment activated, both subject officers in separate police cruisers pursued the vehicle as it traveled east on Rideau Street. The 39-year-old driver of the vehicle was driving at approximately 60 km/h and was not stopping at red lights at signaled intersections.
- Thirty-two seconds after SO #1 first broadcast details concerning the driver’s flight, a road Sergeant ordered that the pursuit be terminated. SO #2 came to a stop at Rideau Street and Augusta Street (approximately 830 metres from the point of the initial traffic stop), and SO #1 came to a stop near the intersection of Rideau Street and Chapel Street (approximately 700 metres from the point of the initial traffic stop).
- The driver of the vehicle continued to flee at a high rate of speed. He continued eastbound on Rideau Street, taking Cummings Bridge over the Rideau River. At the end of the bridge, the driver continued at a high rate of speed and, without slowing down, made a right hand turn through a red light onto southbound North River Road. He sped along until he came to the signaled intersection at McArthur Avenue. He again drove through a red light at a high rate of speed and made a left hand turn onto eastbound McArthur Avenue. The driver continued towards the Vanier Parkway, which is also a signaled intersection. He entered the intersection against a red light, and struck another vehicle that was travelling southbound.
- The 24-year-old driver of the vehicle that had been struck succumbed to his injuries, and his 21-year-old passenger sustained serious injuries.
- The driver of the vehicle which was initially being pursued died in hospital in December 2016, months after the incident.
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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