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News Release

SIU Concludes Investigation in Oshawa Collision

Case Number: 05-OVI-092

TORONTO (29 July, 2005) --- James Cornish, the Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), has concluded that a Durham Regional Police Service (DRPS) officer is not criminally responsible for a collision that resulted in serious injuries to a 76-year-old Oshawa woman.

On June 20, 2005, at approximately 5:20 p.m., a DRPS cruiser collided with a white Kia Magentis car at the intersection of Ritson Road North and Rossland Road East in Oshawa. The elderly driver of the Kia Magentis sustained a fractured vertebrae in her neck.

The SIU investigation determined that a DRPS officer in a marked cruiser was responding to an emergency call of youths firing a paintball gun. The officer was traveling northbound on Ritson and activated the cruiser's emergency lights and siren as he approached the intersection of Ritson and Rossland Roads. The officer slowed momentarily before proceeding through the intersection on a red signal light. The Kia Magentis car, which was traveling westbound on Rossland at the same time, was struck broadside by the cruiser.

Director Cornish concluded that a truck stopped at the intersection waiting to make a left turn appeared to have obstructed the officer's view of traffic. He stated, "The officer had reason to treat this call as an emergency and one that needed to be attended to with haste. The driving in this case does not amount to a marked and substantial departure from the standard of care to be expected of a reasonable driver and I do not believe the officer committed a criminal offence in this case."

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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