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News Release

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Highway 417 Collision near Arnprior that Resulted in the Deaths of Two People

Case Number: 19-OVD-161

Mississauga, ON (8 April, 2020) ---
On July 7, 2019, an Ottawa Police Service officer spotted a vehicle of interest, a Honda Civic, and proceeded to engage in a police pursuit on the 417 Highway in the Ottawa area. Shortly thereafter, the Civic crashed head-on into two motor vehicles, killing the 62-year-old female driver of one and seriously injuring the driver and passenger of another. The 36-year-old male driver of the Civic also died as a result of injuries sustained in the collision. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the pursuing officer either caused or contributed to the collision in question, or otherwise drove dangerously in violation of the Criminal Code.  

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

The SIU is a civilian agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or an allegation 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 investigations to the Attorney General.

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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