SIU Discontinues Glen Robertson Collision Investigation
(17 January, 2024) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into a collision that occurred in September in Glen Robertson, involving a cruiser and two civilian vehicles.
In the evening of September 15, 2023, an Ontario Provincial Police officer, along with victim service employees, attended an address to deliver a death notification to the residents. The OPP cruiser was parked in the driveway with its rear end exposed on the eastbound lane of Glen Robertson Road, and the Kia Soul belonging to the victim service employees was stopped at the side of road, facing west. While all individuals were still in the vehicles, an eastbound vehicle approached and struck the rear quarter panel of the cruiser. The cruiser and eastbound vehicle then struck the Kia, sending it tumbling into a ditch. Believing that the 37-year-old driver of the Kia had suffered a broken left hand, the OPP notified the SIU.
Based on the SIU’s preliminary inquiries, including a review of the woman’s medical records, Director Martino was satisfied the investigation should be discontinued. Upon review of the medical records, it is apparent that the woman did not suffer a fracture, nor any other ‘serious injury’ within the terms of the SIU’s mandate. In the circumstances, the SIU was without statutory jurisdiction in this matter, and the file has been closed.
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, email@example.com
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES