News Release

SIU Concludes Investigation into London Collision

Case Number: 22-OVI-275   

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SIU Investigating London Officer-Involved Crash

Mississauga, ON (21 February, 2023) ---
On the morning of October 24, 2022, a London Police Service officer did a licence plate check on a van and learned that the van had been reported stolen. The officer radioed to nearby police officers that the van was headed in their direction. Officers deployed spike belts on the road, and the van traveled over the belts and damaged one or both of the passenger side tires. The initial officer continued to follow the van, and a short time later, the van struck an SUV. The driver of the SUV – a 48-year-old man – was transported to hospital and diagnosed with fractured ribs and a punctured lung. On his assessment of the evidence, SIU Director Joseph Martino determined there were no reasonable grounds to believe that an officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the collision and the man’s injuries. There was no basis for proceeding with criminal charges in this case, and the file has been 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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Monica Hudon,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES