News Release

No Criminal Wrongdoing Found in Relation to Injuries Sustained by Motorcyclist in Toronto Collision

Case Number: 20-TVI-182   

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Mississauga, ON (8 February, 2021) ---
In the afternoon of July 24, 2020, a Toronto Police Service officer was performing speed enforcement when he clocked a Chevrolet Malibu exceeding the 50 km/h speed limit. The officer stepped onto the roadway and signaled at the driver to pull over and stop. The Malibu came to a stop, forcing the pickup truck behind to brake hard to prevent an impact with the rear of the Malibu. As the pickup truck driver did so, a motorcyclist behind the pickup truck attempted to maneuver around the rear driver’s side corner of the vehicle to avoid a collision. However, the motorcycle struck the rear of the truck sending him and his motorcycle into the passing lane where the vehicle was again struck by an eastbound Mazda. The 48-year-old male motorcyclist was taken to hospital where he was diagnosed with several facial fractures and fractures of the right leg. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the man’s injuries.

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