News Release

Cyclist was Mortally Wounded in King City after Being Struck by Vehicle that had Earlier been Pursued by Police; SIU Determines No Charges to Issue Against York Regional Police Officer

Case Number: 20-OVD-181

Mississauga, ON (18 February, 2021) ---
On July 24, 2020, while riding his bicycle in King City, 54-year-old Daniel Bertini was mortally injured when he was struck by a vehicle.  As the vehicle had been briefly pursued by a York Regional Police officer just prior to the collision, the SIU was notified and commenced an investigation. The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has determined there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with Mr. Bertini’s death.

Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision):https://www.siu.on.ca/en/directors_reports.php.

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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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