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News Release

Man in Markham was Struck by Police Vehicle When he Suddenly Ran into Roadway; Charges not Warranted

Case Number: 18-OVD-062

Mississauga, ON (31 May, 2019) ---
On the afternoon of February 26, 2018, York Regional Police officers were conducting surveillance in Markham in relation to distraction thefts from motor vehicles. As a result of the surveillance, the decision was made to arrest a number of individuals. In the process, one of those individuals, a 40-year-old man, was struck by an unmarked police vehicle. He was transported to hospital where he was pronounced dead. The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to lay criminal charges against the officer in relation to the man’s death.

Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision): 

The SIU is an independent civilian 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,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342