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News Release

SIU Closes Investigation into Oshawa Vehicle Death

Case Number: 10-OVD-040

Mississauga (28 April, 2010) --- The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has reviewed the circumstances around the March 2010 vehicle death of 31-year-old Justin Baron. Ian Scott, the Director of the SIU, has concluded there are no reasonable grounds to believe an officer with the Durham Regional Police Service committed a criminal offence in this case.

The SIU assigned five investigators and three forensic investigators to probe the circumstances of this incident. The investigation found that the following events took place on March 24:
* At approximately 2:17 p.m., the subject officer and his partner were conducting speed enforcement on Harmony Road just north of King Street East.
* They clocked the motorcycle being driven southbound by Mr. Baron at 82 km/h in a 50 km/h zone. The motorcycle decelerated, turned around and drove northbound away from the officers at a high rate of speed.
* The two officers went to their marked cruiser in an attempt to locate the motorcyclist. The subject officer activated his emergency lights to facilitate his turn northbound on Harmony Road N. He turned them off once on the roadway.
* Meanwhile, Mr. Baron entered the intersection of Harmony Road N and Adelaide Avenue E at a high rate of speed, and drove straight into a civilian vehicle that was attempting a left hand turn into the eastbound lane of Adelaide Avenue E. Mr. Baron catapulted over the vehicle.
* The accident reconstruction report estimates the motorcycle's speed at the point of impact at somewhere between 90 to 110 km/h. Mr. Baron died from multiple internal traumas as a result of the collision with the vehicle and the subsequent impact with the roadway.

Director Scott said, "In my view, Mr. Baron's death was caused by his own actions in attempting to elude the involved officers who were lawfully monitoring the roadway for speeding vehicles. While the subject officer had the lawful authority to begin a suspect apprehension pursuit as defined by the regulations of the Police Services Act, by all accounts he did not engage in a pursuit as events happened so quickly. It would appear that Mr. Baron was making every effort to elude the police whether or not he was being actively pursued."

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