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News Release

Man Seated in Parked Police Vehicle was Injured When Vehicle was Rear-ended; No Reasonable Grounds to Charge Officer in Relation to Vaughan Collision

Case Number: 19-OVI-010

Mississauga, ON (22 July, 2019) ---
On the morning of January 10, 2019, a York Regional Police officer stopped a van on Highway 407 to charge the driver with stunt driving and speeding. As the officer prepared his tickets, the man was seated in the backseat of the police vehicle. Shortly after, another vehicle crashed into the rear of the police vehicle. 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 serious injuries sustained by the man who was in the police vehicle.

Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision):https://www.siu.on.ca/en/directors_reports.php. 

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