News Release

SIU Closes Collision Investigation Involving Durham Regional Police Service

Case Number: 21-OVI-074   

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Mississauga, ON (5 July, 2021) ---
On March 7, 2021, a woman and her grandson were seriously injured in a motor vehicle collision in Whitby, as was the driver of the vehicle that crashed into them. As the driver - a 31-year-old male - had been pursued by Durham Regional Police Service (DRPS) officers before the collision, the SIU opened a file and commenced an investigation.  

The investigation has now concluded with a finding by the SIU Director, Joseph Martino, that there are no reasonable grounds to believe that the lead officer in pursuit – the subject official – committed a criminal offence in connection with the collision.

Full Director’s Report (with Incident Narrative, Evidence, and Analysis & Director’s Decision): https://www.siu.on.ca/en/directors_report_details.php?drid=1425

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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Loida Pedro, loida.pedro@ontario.ca
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de téléphone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529 extension 2342