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News Release

Collision with Cruiser in an Ajax Intersection Subject of SIU Investigation

Case Number: 17-OVI-293

Mississauga, ON (10 October, 2017) ---
A collision involving a Durham Regional Police Service cruiser and a vehicle in an intersection in Ajax midday Monday is being investigated by the province’s Special Investigations Unit.

Preliminary information suggests the following occurred:
  • Just before 11:30 a.m. on October 9, 2017, a Durham Regional Police Service cruiser was travelling northbound on Harwood Avenue.
  • The cruiser entered the intersection at Rossland Road and collided with another vehicle.
  • The female driver of the vehicle – thought to be in her 70s – was transported to hospital and diagnosed with a fractured pelvis.  A 12-year-old female passenger suffered a minor injury.
  • The police officer operating the cruiser was also taken to hospital and treated for a leg injury.  
    
Three investigators, two forensic investigators, and one collision reconstructionist have been assigned to this incident.

The SIU is urging anyone who may have witnessed the incident to contact the lead investigator at 1-800-787-8529. The Unit is also asking anyone who may have any video evidence related to this incident to upload that video through the SIU website.

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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Jason Gennaro, jason.gennaro@ontario.ca
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-641-1897 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 1897