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News Release

Man’s Fall from Dirt Bike Due to Lack of Attention;SIU Terminates Whitby Investigation

Case Number: 17-OVI-306

Mississauga, ON (28 November, 2017) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into a serious injury sustained by a 23-year-old man last month in Whitby when he fell from his dirt bike in the parking lot of a shopping centre.

At approximately 11 p.m. on Wednesday, October 25, 2017, a Durham Regional Police Service officer was operating a marked police vehicle eastbound on Bloor Street, just east of Thickson Road, when he observed two motorbikes traveling westbound. One of the motorbikes turned into the shopping centre located at 1650 Victoria Street East. When the man on this motorbike looked back and saw the police vehicle approximately 100 metres behind him with emergency lights flashing, he became startled. When the man looked forward, he noticed he was approaching a concrete curb. The man struck the curb and fell. He sustained a serious leg injury and was transported to hospital for treatment.  
  
Director Loparco said, “It was the man’s lack of attention while driving, and not the action of the officer, that caused his injury. As such I am terminating 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. 

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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