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Vehicle Being Pursued by Police Crashed into Concrete Barrier Wall in Toronto; Criminal Charges not Warranted in Relation to Actions of Police

Case Number: 20-TVI-199   

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SIU investigating vehicle collision in Toronto

Mississauga, ON (19 February, 2021) ---
In the early morning of August 14, 2020, a 24-year-old woman suffered a serious injury when she crashed her vehicle into a concrete barrier wall. As she was being pursued by Toronto Police Service cruisers at the time, 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 in the lead cruiser of the pursuit committed a criminal offence in connection with the collision.

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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