News Release

No Charges to Issue in Relation to Toronto Collision Between Cruiser and Civilian Vehicle

Case Number: 20-TVI-084   

Mississauga, ON (10 March, 2021) ---
In the morning of April 13, 2020, police officers with the Toronto Police Service were dispatched to the area of the Downsview Park subway station for a report of a person with a knife. Proceeding west on Sheppard Avenue West, one of the responding cruisers came to a stop at the red light at the Allen Road intersection and briefly waited before making his way into the intersection on the red light. In the intersection, the cruiser became involved in a collision with a civilian vehicle being operated by a 63-year-old man. Both drivers were transported to hospital. 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 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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Monica Hudon,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342