SIU Director’s Report - Case # 22-PVI-162


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Mandate of the SIU

The Special Investigations Unit is a civilian law enforcement agency that investigates incidents involving an official where there has been death, serious injury, the discharge of a firearm at a person or an allegation of sexual assault. Under the Special Investigations Unit Act, 2019 (SIU Act), officials are defined as police officers, special constables of the Niagara Parks Commission and peace officers under the Legislative Assembly Act. The SIU’s jurisdiction covers more than 50 municipal, regional and provincial police services across Ontario.

Under the SIU Act, the Director of the SIU must determine based on the evidence gathered in an investigation whether there are reasonable grounds to believe that a criminal offence was committed. If such grounds exist, the Director has the authority to lay a criminal charge against the official. Alternatively, in cases where no reasonable grounds exist, the Director cannot lay charges. Where no charges are laid, a report of the investigation is prepared and released publicly, except in the case of reports dealing with allegations of sexual assault, in which case the SIU Director may consult with the affected person and exercise a discretion to not publicly release the report having regard to the affected person’s privacy interests.

Information Restrictions

Special Investigations Unit Act, 2019

Pursuant to section 34, certain information may not be included in this report. This information may include, but is not limited to, the following: 
  • The name of, and any information identifying, a subject official, witness official, civilian witness or affected person. 
  • Information that may result in the identity of a person who reported that they were sexually assaulted being revealed in connection with the sexual assault. 
  • Information that, in the opinion of the SIU Director, could lead to a risk of serious harm to a person. 
  • Information that discloses investigative techniques or procedures.  
  • Information, the release of which is prohibited or restricted by law.  
  • Information in which a person’s privacy interest in not having the information published clearly outweighs the public interest in having the information published. 

Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act

Pursuant to section14 (i.e., law enforcement), certain information may not be included in this report. This information may include, but is not limited to, the following: 
  • Confidential investigative techniques and procedures used by law enforcement agencies; and 
  • Information that could reasonably be expected to interfere with a law enforcement matter or an investigation undertaken with a view to a law enforcement proceeding. 
Pursuant to section 21 (i.e., personal privacy), protected personal information is not included in this report. This information may include, but is not limited to, the following: 
  • The names of persons, including civilian witnesses, and subject and witness officials; 
  • Location information; 
  • Witness statements and evidence gathered in the course of the investigation provided to the SIU in confidence; and 
  • Other identifiers which are likely to reveal personal information about individuals involved in the investigation. 

Personal Health Information Protection Act, 2004

Pursuant to this legislation, any information related to the personal health of identifiable individuals is not included.

Other proceedings, processes, and investigations

Information may also have been excluded from this report because its release could undermine the integrity of other proceedings involving the same incident, such as criminal proceedings, coroner’s inquests, other public proceedings and/or other law enforcement investigations.

Mandate Engaged

Pursuant to section 15 of the SIU Act, the SIU may investigate the conduct of officials, be they police officers, special constables of the Niagara Parks Commission or peace officers under the Legislative Assembly Act, that may have resulted in death, serious injury, sexual assault or the discharge of a firearm at a person.

A person sustains a “serious injury” for purposes of the SIU’s jurisdiction if they: sustain an injury as a result of which they are admitted to hospital; suffer a fracture to the skull, or to a limb, rib or vertebra; suffer burns to a significant proportion of their body; lose any portion of their body; or, as a result of an injury, experience a loss of vision or hearing.

In addition, a “serious injury” means any other injury sustained by a person that is likely to interfere with the person’s health or comfort and is not transient or trifling in nature.

This report relates to the SIU’s investigation into the serious injuries of a 36-year-old man (the “Complainant”).

The Investigation

Notification of the SIU

On June 26, 2022, at 11:34 p.m., the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) contacted the SIU with the following information.

Earlier that day, at 10:00 p.m., two OPP police vehicles were patrolling on Lisgar Avenue, Tillsonburg, when one of them was involved in a motor vehicle collision. One of the police vehicles was travelling west, and the other police vehicle east, when a motorcycle travelled in front of the eastbound vehicle (operated by Witness Official (WO) #1). The motorcyclist, the Complainant, looked over his shoulder and then crossed over the centre line of the roadway, colliding with the westbound police vehicle (operated by the Subject Official (SO)). The Complainant was taken to the Tillsonburg District Memorial Hospital by the Norfolk County Paramedic Service. He was diagnosed with a fractured hip and ankle.

The Team

Date and time team dispatched: 06/27/2022 at 12:46 a.m.

Date and time SIU arrived on scene: 06/27/2022 at 2:26 a.m.

Number of SIU Investigators assigned: 4
Number of SIU Forensic Investigators assigned: 2
Four SIU Investigators and two Forensic Investigators (FIs) were assigned.

Three witness officials and one subject official were designated.

Two civilian statements were obtained.

Communications audio and global positioning system (GPS) data were obtained from the OPP vehicle (the SO’s cruiser). Data were also downloaded from the airbag control module for the SO’s vehicle.

An ambulance call report was obtained and the Complainant’s medical records were obtained.

Affected Person (aka “Complainant”):

36-year-old male; interviewed; medical records obtained and reviewed

The Complainant was interviewed on June 29, 2022.

Civilian Witnesses (CW)

CW #1 Interviewed
CW #2 Interviewed

The civilian witnesses were interviewed between June 29 and 30, 2022.

Subject Official (SO)

SO Interviewed, and notes received and reviewed

The subject official was interviewed on July 15, 2022.

Witness Officials (WO)

WO #1 Interviewed
WO #2 Interviewed
WO #3 Interviewed

The witness officials were interviewed on June 30, 2022.


The Scene

On June 27, 2022, at 2:26 a.m., two SIU FIs arrived at Lisgar Avenue and Van Norman Drive, Tillsonburg. The scene was properly secured and guarded by police officers.

Lisgar Avenue travelled predominately in an east and west direction. The roadway had two driving lanes, and the pavement was in good condition. Streetlighting was present in the area.

Westbound on Lisgar Avenue, the roadway curved to the left near the intersection at Van Norman Drive to travel in a southwest direction.

Approximately ten metres west of the intersection were two vehicles within the confines of a secured area.

Vehicle 1 was a 2016 Yamaha FZ-09 black motorcycle. The motorcycle was oriented in a northeast direction on its right side in the eastbound lane of Lisgar Avenue. There was heavy front-end damage to the motorcycle with the front forks snapped off.

Vehicle 2 was the vehicle operated by the SO, a 2018 Dodge Durango. Vehicle 2 was a marked police cruiser displaying OPP graphics. The vehicle was equipped with emergency lighting and a siren. The police vehicle was oriented facing east in the eastbound lane of Lisgar Avenue approximately six metres west of vehicle 1. There was heavy front-end collision damage to this vehicle.

Between the two vehicles was a debris field, which consisted of personal items such as a motorcycle helmet, riding body armour, shoes, and gloves. There was a distinct gouge mark on the roadway surface indicating an area of impact. There were also scrape marks, which travelled east from the area of impact and ended around vehicle 1.

The scene was photographed, and measurements were taken for a scene diagram.

Figure 1 – Image of vehicle collision damage

Figure 2 – Incident scene

Scene Diagram

Forensic Evidence

GPS Data from Vehicle 2:

The following is a summary of the GPS data associated with the SO’s cruiser.

At 9:59:17 p.m., June 26, 2022, the SO’s vehicle travelled east on Lisgar Avenue at 37 km/h from the T-intersection at Devonshire Road.

At 9:59:30 p.m., the SO’s vehicle was stopped facing east on Lisgar Avenue just west of Van Norman Drive (the location of the collision).

Video/Audio/Photographic Evidence [1]

Radio Transmissions

At 9:59 p.m., on June 26, 2022, the SO reported that a motorcycle had collided with his police vehicle. WO #1 advised the dispatcher he was still on Lisgar Avenue. WO #3 reported that a motorcycle had crossed the centre line, and had almost collided with his police vehicle. WO #1 reported that the rider of the motorcycle, the Complainant, looked backward as he drove.

The dispatcher asked if the SO’s police vehicle was mobile or stationary when struck, and WO #1 advised the SO was mobile. The SO was travelling eastbound, and his police vehicle was still in the eastbound lane when the Complainant drove into the eastbound lane.

At 12:12 a.m., on June 27, 2022, an officer reported that the Complainant was transferred to hospital by Ornge Ambulance Service for trauma injuries, which were non-life-threatening.

Materials Obtained from Police Service

Upon request, the SIU obtained the following materials from the OPP between June 29, 2022, and August 9, 2022:
  • Motor Vehicle Collision Report;
  • GPS data;
  • Mechanical records- the SO’s cruisier;
  • Notes- the SO;
  • Notes- WO #2;
  • Notes- WO #3;
  • Notes- WO #1;
  • Computer-assisted Dispatch data;
  • Communications recordings; and
  • Transcript of training – the SO.

Materials Obtained from Other Sources

The SIU obtained and reviewed the following records from the following other sources:
  • Medical Records - London Health Sciences Centre.

Incident Narrative

The material events in question are clear on the evidence collected by the SIU, including interviews with the Complainant and the SO, and may briefly be summarized.

In the evening of June 26, 2022, the SO was in a marked police SUV travelling east on Lisgar Avenue just west of Van Norman Drive, Tillsonburg, when a westbound motorcycle entered into his lane and collided with the front of his vehicle. The SO, having observed the motorcyclist travelling off course, had braked and angled his vehicle attempting to avoid the impact, but to no avail.

The motorcyclist was the Complainant. The Complainant had been operating his motorcycle erratically in the moments before the collision, speeding, passing other westbound traffic in the eastbound lanes, and otherwise drifting into the eastbound lane for no apparent reason. He had just passed the intersection of Lisgar Avenue and Van Norman Drive when he crossed into the eastbound lane and struck the SO’s vehicle head-on.

The Complainant was thrown from his motorcycle in the collision and suffered serious injuries, including a fractured pelvis, right ankle and skull.

Analysis and Director's Decision

The Complainant was seriously injured in a motor vehicle collision with an OPP vehicle on June 26, 2022. The driver of the cruiser – the SO – was identified as the subject official in the ensuing SIU investigation. The investigation is now concluded. On my assessment of the evidence, there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the SO committed a criminal offence in connection with the Complainant’s injuries.

There is no evidence that the SO did anything to cause or contribute to the collision with the Complainant’s motorcycle. The officer was travelling below the speed limit within his proper lane of traffic when he was suddenly confronted with a motorcycle that had entered his lane. Try as he did, the SO was unable to avoid the impact with the motorcycle, but that was in no way his fault.

For the foregoing reasons, there are no grounds to proceed with criminal charges against the SO. The file is closed.

Date: October 24, 2022

Electronically approved by

Joseph Martino
Special Investigations Unit


  • 1) The following records contain sensitive personal information and are not being released pursuant to section 34(2) of the Special Investigations Unit Act, 2019. The material portions of the records are summarized below. [Back to text]


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