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News Release

Ontario Provincial Police Officer Charged

Case Number: 08-PVD-256

TORONTO (10 February, 2009) --- The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Ian Scott, has reasonable grounds to believe that an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer from the Thunder Bay Detachment is criminally responsible for the death of an 18-year-old Thunder Bay area woman and has caused criminal charges to be laid against the officer.

On December 3, 2008 there was a collision at Highway 11/17 and Twin City Crossroads between an OPP police car driven by Sergeant Darryl Storey and a car driven by Jasmine Veneruzzo of Murillo, Ontario. Ms. Veneruzzo sustained fatal injuries in the collision.

Based on the results of the SIU investigation, the Director yesterday caused charges of Criminal Negligence Causing Death contrary to section 220(b) of the Criminal Code of Canada and Dangerous Driving Causing Death contrary to section 249(4) of the Criminal Code of Canada, to be laid against Sergeant Storey.

The officer was arrested and released on a promise to appear and an undertaking. He will appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Thunder Bay on March 5, 2009, to answer to the charges. Justice Prosecutions of the Ministry of the Attorney General will have carriage of the prosecution.

As this matter is now before the courts, and in consideration of the fair trial interests of the charged officer and the community, the SIU will make no further comment pertaining to this investigation.

The SIU is an arm’s length agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or allegations 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 any investigations to the Attorney General. 

Monica Hudon, monica.hudon@ontario.ca
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342