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News Release

SIU Discontinues Investigation into Collision in Peterborough between Civilian Vehicle and OPP Cruiser

Case Number: 17-PVI-227

Mississauga, ON (2 October, 2017) ---
The Acting Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into an incident where an Ontario Provincial Police cruiser was involved in a collision in Peterborough with a civilian vehicle in August of 2017. 

The collision occurred in the afternoon of August 23, 2017 in the intersection of Ashburnham Drive and Lansdowne Street.  The female driver of the civilian vehicle was transported from the scene to hospital for assessment and released later the same day.  A review of the female’s medical records, obtained a couple of weeks after the incident, confirmed that the woman had not suffered any serious injuries.  

Consequently, as the SIU’s mandate is statutorily limited to the investigation of “serious injuries and deaths” in cases involving the police, the SIU is without jurisdiction to continue the investigation and the file has been closed.  

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