News Release

SIU Concludes Investigation into OPP Officer Involved Collision in New Tecumseth Area

Case Number: 22-PVI-305   

Mississauga, ON (17 March, 2023) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that an Ontario Provincial Police officer committed a criminal offence in connection with a collision that seriously injured an 18-year-old man. On November 22, 2022, the subject official was patrolling Highway 89 in an unmarked cruiser and pursued a driver for speeding. The driver fled before losing control, hitting the ditch and rolling the car. A passenger in the car broke his jaw. Director Martino was not satisfied that the officer’s conduct departed markedly from a reasonable standard of care such as to render it criminal. 
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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Kristy Denette,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES