News Release

Police Not Liable for Man’s Truck Crash Injuries; SIU Discontinues Investigation in Strathroy-Caradoc

Case Number: 21-OCI-177   

Mississauga, ON (17 July, 2021) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation after finding no police fault for a London man’s serious injuries.

On the evening of June 8, 2021, a 25-year-old man stole and crashed a motorcycle and two pickup trucks. Strathroy-Caradoc Police Service officers located and arrested the man on Adelaide Road, west of Falconbridge Drive, in Strathroy-Caradoc. He was taken to hospital and diagnosed with serious injuries.

Based on the SIU’s preliminary inquiries, which included an interview with the man, it is apparent that the man’s injuries were incurred in one or both of the pickup truck collisions; the police had nothing to do with them.  Consequently, as the man alone was responsible for his injuries, Director Martino has discontinued the investigation and closed the file. 

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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Kristy Denette, kristy.denette@ontario.ca
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342