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News Release

SIU Concludes Investigation into Pedestrians Injured in Crosswalk

Case Number: 07-TVI-230

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 Toronto Police Service (TPS) officer committed any criminal offence in connection with the injuries suffered by two pedestrians in a crosswalk on November 9, 2007.

The SIU assigned four investigators, two forensic identification technicians and an accident reconstructionist to probe the circumstances of this incident.

The SIU investigation determined that at 9:23 p.m. Friday, November 9th, 2007 two female pedestrians were in the pedestrian crosswalk on Sandhurst Circle near Finch Ave. East. The overhead flashing lights at the crosswalk were on. The two pedestrians were walking from the east side of Sandhurst Circle to the west side. A police cruiser travelling southbound on Sandhurst Circle struck both of them while they were in the crosswalk. Both of the females were knocked to the ground. A 44-year-old was admitted to hospital with multiple fractures. A 16-year-old was treated at hospital and released.

The Director said, "There are no reasonable grounds to support the charge of dangerous driving or dangerous driving causing bodily harm."

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. 

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