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News Release

SIU Concludes Investigation into Vehicle Death in Brampton

Case Number: 10-OVD-189

Mississauga (29 October, 2010) --- The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) Ian Scott has concluded that there are no reasonable grounds to charge a Peel Regional Police (PRP) police officer with a criminal offence in relation to the death of a motorcyclist in Brampton in early September.  

On Friday September 3, 2010 at 9:11 p.m. the SIU was contacted by PRP in regards to a motorcycle colliding with one of their police cars in Brampton.  The 65-year-old motorcyclist, Thomas Burns of Brampton was seriously injured and taken to Sunnybrook Hospital.  Mr. Burns later succumbed to the injuries he received during the collision.

The SIU dispatched three investigators, three forensic investigators and one technical traffic collision investigator to the scene.

The SIU investigation determined that at approximately 8:20 p.m. on Friday, September 3, PRP officers were investigating a collision south of Fisherman Drive on Hurontario Street. The subject officer responded to a request for a police car to block off the southbound traffic on Hurontario Street.  He parked the fully marked police car with reflective tape on the south side of the intersection at Fisherman Drive facing west across the southbound lanes and activated the emergency lighting equipment.  (The intersection also had overhead lighting and traffic lights.)  Two to three minutes later, the officer saw a motorcycle driving southbound on Hurontario Street.  The motorcycle drove straight into the cruiser hitting it at the front passenger wheel well area.  The motorcyclist was thrown from the motorcycle and landed on the roadway.

Director Scott said, “The subject officer had the lawful authority to stop traffic from continuing in a southerly direction along Hurontario Street in order to prevent further injury or damage at the original accident scene pursuant to s. 134 of the Highway Traffic Act. He followed PRP internal policy by activating the cruiser’s emergency lights and ensuring there was lighting in the area. In addition, the police car had many reflective markings.”  Director Scott concluded, “In my view, there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the subject officer committed a criminal offence in relation to the death of Mr. Burns.”

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