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News Release

SIU Concludes Investigation into Crash in Kitchener

Case Number: 10-OCI-230

Mississauga (6 December, 2010) --- The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Ian Scott, has concluded that there are no reasonable grounds to charge an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer - Cambridge Detachment with a criminal offence in relation to the injuries sustained by a woman in Kitchener in late October. The SIU assigned four investigators and two forensic investigators to probe the circumstances of this crash.

The SIU investigation determined that OPP officers tried to stop a stolen van on Highway 401, but the driver refused to stop.  The OPP abandoned this action because of weather concerns.  Subsequently, the OPP notified the Waterloo Regional Police Service (WRPS) of the fleeing vehicle.  A number of WRPS officers saw the van, but did not engage into a suspect apprehension pursuit.  The van’s driver continued to drive in a dangerous manner and eventually collided with a vehicle driven by a 63-year-old Waterloo woman.  This woman was taken to hospital where she was treated for a fracture.

Director Scott concluded, “Given the fact that neither officers from the OPP nor the WRPS were involved in a suspect apprehension pursuit, there is no legal connection between the acts of the driver of the van and any actions by the officers. Accordingly, no criminal liability may attach to the officers’ acts with respect to the collision leading to the injury to the complainant.”

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,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342