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News Release

SIU completes investigation into crash on Hwy 401 near Lancaster

Case Number: 07-PVI-216

TORONTO (3 April, 2008) --- The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), James Cornish, has determined that there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer involved in this matter committed any criminal offence.

The SIU assigned two investigators, one forensic investigator and an accident reconstructionist to probe the circumstances of this collision.

The SIU investigation determined that on Friday, October 26, 2007 an OPP officer wanted to check the driver of a vehicle in a service centre on Highway 401 near Lancaster. The officer directed the driver to stop, but instead the driver fled the area and out onto the highway. The officer pursued the vehicle westbound. Approximately three kilometres from the service centre the driver of the fleeing vehicle attempted to make a U-turn. He lost control and the vehicle rolled over. The driver, 24-year-old Marc Raymond of Quebec, was treated at Cornwall Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

Director Cornish said, "The officers were about to speak to Mr. Raymond about his driving. Mr. Raymond sped off and the officers engaged in a pursuit. The pursued vehicle sped along Highway 401 and drove erratically. Mr. Raymond lost control and there was a single vehicle collision. Fortunately, Mr. Raymond was not more seriously injured and no one else suffered injury as a result." The Director concluded, "The actions of the officers involved cannot reasonably be viewed as having caused either the driving in question or this collision."

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