News Release

SIU Investigating Serious Injury Suffered by Man in Ottawa Police Officer Involved Collision

Case Number: 21-OVI-361   

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Mississauga, ON (27 October, 2021) ---
The province’s Special Investigations Unit is investigating the circumstances surrounding a serious injury suffered by a 26-year-old man after he was struck by an Ottawa Police Service cruiser last night.

Preliminary information suggests the following:
  • At approximately 8:30 p.m., an officer struck a male pedestrian near Merivale Mall on Merivale Road in Ottawa. 
  • The officer was responding to an emergency call at a business in the mall.
  • The man was transported to hospital where he is being treated for a serious injury.

Two investigators and one forensic investigator have been assigned to the case. The SIU has designated one subject official and two witness officials in this case.

The SIU is urging anyone who may have information about this investigation to contact the lead investigator at 1-800-787-8529. The Unit is also urging anyone who may have any video evidence related to this incident to upload that video through the SIU website.

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
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342