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News Release

No Basis to Proceed with Charges in Relation to Welland Fatal Collision Involving Motorcycle

Case Number: 19-OVD-196

Mississauga, ON (12 May, 2020) ---
On August 16, 2019, a Niagara Regional Police Service officer was driving his cruiser in Welland when he observed a motorcycle being operated at a high rate of speed. With the intention of stopping the motorcycle, the officer turned on his emergency lighting system and made a U-turn to follow. However, for safety purposes, the officer immediately turned off his emergency lights and abandoned any possible vehicular pursuit before it had even started. A short time later, the motorcycle became involved in a collision with another vehicle. The 25-year-old motorcycle rider was pronounced dead at the scene. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there is no basis to proceed with criminal charges in this case and the file is closed.

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