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News Release

SIU Completes Investigation into Collision in Niagara Falls

Case Number: 07-OVI-244

TORONTO (25 January, 2008) --- James Cornish, the Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), has concluded that there are no reasonable grounds to believe that a Niagara Regional Police Service (NRPS) officer committed any criminal offence in relation to a collision in Niagara Falls in November 2007.

The SIU assigned three field investigators and one forensic identification technician to probe the circumstances of this incident.

The SIU investigation determined that at 4:10 p.m. November 29, 2007 an unmarked police vehicle being operated by a NRPS officer collided with another vehicle on Lundy's Lane near Kalar Road. Both drivers suffered non-life threatening injuries and were taken to hospital by ambulance for treatment.

Director Cornish said, "There are no reasonable grounds to believe the officer in this matter committed any criminal offence. The evidence indicates the driver of the civilian vehicle turned in front of the police vehicle, and the officer was unable to avoid the 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