News Release

Investigation into Motorcycle Crash in Bowmanville Concluded

Case Number: 23-OVI-050   

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SIU Appealing for Witnesses in Two Separate Durham Region Collisions

Mississauga, ON (19 June, 2023) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, found no reasonable grounds to believe a Durham Regional Police Service officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the serious injuries suffered by a motorcyclist who fled police and crashed. On February 19, 2023, the officer attempted to stop the 41-year-old driver for speeding and operating a motorcycle without a licence. The officer ceased the pursuit after the motorcyclist sped away and later crashed. The man suffered a severed arm, multiple fractures and one leg was amputated.
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