News Release

SIU Concludes Investigation into Elderly Woman Injured by OPP Officer in Corunna Collision

Case Number: 22-PVI-297   

Mississauga, ON (10 March, 2023) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer committed a criminal offence after the officer struck and seriously injured an 82-year-old woman in Corunna. On November 16, 2022, the woman was in a crosswalk when the officer made a left-hand turn and struck her at the intersection of St. Clair Boulevard and St. Clair Parkway. The woman suffered serious fractures of her left leg. 

Director Martino was satisfied that the officer’s indiscretion may fairly be characterized as a momentary lapse of attention, which, as the case law makes clear, will generally not be enough to ground criminal lability. 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