News Release

SIU Concludes Cambridge Collision Investigation

Case Number: 04-OVI-128

Mississauga (3 February, 2005) --- James L. Cornish, the Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), has concluded there is no reasonable basis to believe that a Waterloo Regional Police Service (WRPS) officer is criminally responsible for a collision that occurred on December 11, 2004, in Cambridge.

The SIU investigation determined that at approximately 4:48 p.m., an officer was traveling northbound on Dundas Street to attend a call. While driving across the bridge, the officer lost control of the cruiser, crossed the centreline and collided head-on with a GMC Jimmy that was traveling southbound. Both the officer and the man driving the Jimmy were taken to Cambridge Memorial Hospital. The man was treated for a fractured heel and the officer was reportedly treated for a broken ankle.

The bridge was iced over and slippery at the time of the crash.

Director Cornish concluded the officer lost control on a slippery bridge and that the officer's driving was not criminal in nature.

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. 

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