SIU Continues Investigation into Collision Between Police Cruiser and Cyclist in Orillia
Case Number: 08-PVI-109
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On that date, at approximately 11:27 p.m., an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer with the Orillia Detachment was en route to a call of a disturbance in the city of Orillia. The officer was alone, driving a marked cruiser when at the intersection of Front St. and Gill St. a bicyclist came into contact with the cruiser. The cyclist, Gerry Pelletier, suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries and has been treated and released from hospital.
The SIU has assigned two investigators, two forensic investigators and an accident reconstructionist to investigate the nature and extent of police involvement in the injuries to Mr. Pelletier. One officer has been designated as a subject officer and one other as a witness officer.
The SIU is appealing for anyone who may have witnessed any portion of this incident to contact the Unit at 1-800-787-8529 ext. 1886.
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.