News Release

SIU Concludes Investigation into Man Struck by Toronto Police Cruiser in Park

Case Number: 23-TVI-311   

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Mississauga, ON (4 December, 2023) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, found no reasonable grounds to believe a Toronto Police Service officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the serious injuries suffered by a 31-year-old man who was struck by a cruiser in a park.

On August 6, 2023, an officer was driving a marked Toronto Police Service SUV in Earlscourt Park in the area of St. Clair Avenue West and Caledonia Park Road when he ran over a man who was asleep on a grassy hill. The officer provided aid to the man and paramedics were called. He was taken to hospital and admitted to the ICU with life-threatening injuries.

Director Martino was unable to reasonably conclude that the officer transgressed the limits of care prescribed by the criminal law when he accidentally drove over the man.

Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision): 

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,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES