News Release

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Thunder Bay Collision between Police and Civilian Vehicle

Case Number: 19-PVI-129   

Mississauga, ON (2 March, 2020) ---
On June 11, 2019, an Ontario Provincial Police vehicle became involved in a collision with a civilian vehicle in the area of Golf Links Road and Donald Caddo Drive in Thunder Bay. Two individuals from the civilian vehicle – a 75-year-old man and a 62-year-old woman – suffered serious injuries. A 37-year-old male police officer from the police vehicle was also seriously injured. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer who was driving the police vehicle committed a criminal offence in connection with the accident.

Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision): 

The SIU is an independent government agency that investigates the conduct of officials (police officers as well as special constables with the Niagara Parks Commission and peace officers with the Legislative Protective Service) that may have resulted in death, serious injury, sexual assault and/or the discharge of a firearm at a person. All investigations are conducted by SIU investigators who are civilians. Under the Special Investigations Unit Act, the Director of the SIU must

  • consider whether the official has committed a criminal offence in connection with the incident under investigation
  • depending on the evidence, cause a criminal charge to be laid against the official where grounds exist for doing so, or close the file without any charges being laid
  • publicly report the results of its investigations

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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