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News Release

No Reasonable Grounds to Believe Officer Committed Criminal Offence in Connection with Death of Motorcyclist on Highway 401 in Toronto

Case Number: 18-TVD-318

Mississauga, ON (14 June, 2019) ---
On the evening of October 28, 2018, a motorcyclist crashed head on with another vehicle on the westbound on-ramp to Highway 401 from southbound Leslie Street. The Complainant died as the result of the trauma sustained in the collision. Moments prior, a Toronto Police Service officer had pursued the motorcyclist in his marked cruiser. 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