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News Release

Injury Caused when Woman Ran into Side of Police Cruiser; SIU Terminates Toronto Investigation

Case Number: 18-TCI-114

Mississauga, ON (4 May, 2018) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into the serious injury sustained by a 51-year-old woman last month in Toronto.

At approximately 10 a.m. on April 12, 2018, the woman parked in a lot on the north-east corner of Sheppard Avenue East and Bayview Avenue. She had to get to the YMCA located at the south-east corner of that same intersection. Instead of going to the intersection to cross the road, the woman ran across the traffic lanes of Sheppard Avenue East and into the side of a silver unmarked Toronto Police Service vehicle. The woman fell onto the roadway on her back. The officer exited the vehicle to assist the woman and she requested paramedics attend. The woman was transported to hospital where she was diagnosed with a fractured vertebrae. 
  
Director Loparco said, “The woman’s injury was caused by her running into the street and inadvertently into the side of a police cruiser. Her actions and injury had nothing to do with the officer’s actions or driving. Accordingly, I have terminated the investigation into this 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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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