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SIU Terminates Investigation into Fatal Motorcycle Collision

Numéro du dossier: 19-OVD-157

Mississauga, ON (7 août 2019) ---
The Interim Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into the death of a 28-year-old man in June of 2019.

At approximately 5 p.m. on June 29, 2019, the man was operating a motorcycle at high speeds eastbound on Highway 407. As he approached the highway’s intersection with Salem Road, he was clocked traveling at 157 km/h by a Durham Regional Police Service officer who was conducting speed enforcement at the time. The motorcyclist sped past the officer and continued east toward Highway 12 where he attempted to exit the highway. The motorcyclist lost control and crashed into the concrete barrier lining the left side of the Highway 12 exit ramp. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. The officer, who had begun to follow in the direction of the motorcycle after it passed him, quickly lost sight of the motorcycle and was nowhere near it at the time of the collision.  

Interim Director Martino said, “On the aforementioned record, it is evident that the officer had little, if anything, to do with the collision.  In fact, learning of the collision after it occurred, he arrived at the scene after the fire department and paramedics. The man’s reckless speed, apparent before the officer had observed him, appears to have been the sole cause of his death. Consequently, as I am satisfied there is patently nothing to further investigate as far as the officer’s potential criminal liability is concerned, the investigation is hereby discontinued and the file closed.”         

L’UES est un organisme indépendant qui enquête sur des rapports d’incidents impliquant des policiers et qui ont causé la mort ou une blessure grave, ou qui comportent des allégations d’agression sexuelle. En vertu de la Loi sur les services policiers, le directeur de l’UES est tenu :

  • de déterminer si un policier a commis un acte criminel lié à l’incident faisant l’objet de l’enquête;
  • compte tenu des éléments de preuve, de déposer une accusation au criminel contre le policier, le cas échéant, ou de fermer le dossier sans déposer un chef d’accusation;
  • de faire rapport des résultats de toute enquête au procureur général.

Read this news release in English.

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