No Charges to Issue in Relation to Police Pursuit that Ended with Collision Between Bus and Vehicle in Toronto
Case Number: 20-PVI-072
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(1 October, 2020) ---
On the morning of April 4, 2020, an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer was on patrol traveling west on Highway 401 when he observed two vehicles speeding ahead of him. When the officer pulled up alongside one of the vehicles, that vehicle slowed down. The other vehicle, a Hyundai Sonata, continued to speed and ultimately exited on the Bathurst Street off-ramp. The officer pursued the vehicle and soon after another officer joined the pursuit. A short time later, the Sonata drove through a red light at Keele Street and Sheppard Avenue West and struck the front left area of a bus. The occupants of the Sonata, a 23-year-old man and a 24-year-old woman, were taken to hospital for treatment of serious injuries. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer in the first cruiser committed a criminal offence in connection with the collision and resulting injuries.
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, email@example.com
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
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