News Release

No Charges Against Toronto Police Officer in Motorcycle and Police Cruiser Collision

Case Number: 21-TVD-289   

Mississauga, ON (31 December, 2021) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the collision that resulted in the man’s death.

On September 3, 2021 at 5:35 p.m., a Toronto Police officer was driving a marked scout car westbound on College Street and attempting to make a left-hand turn onto southbound University Avenue. A motorcyclist struck the police vehicle as it went through the intersection. The motorcyclist was taken to hospital by paramedics and died from serious injuries the following day.

According to Director Martino, there is no basis for proceeding with criminal charges in this case, and the file is closed.  

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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