News Release

SIU Terminates Investigation into Woman’s Reported Broken Jaw in Cornwall

Case Number: 23-PCI-471   

Mississauga, ON (13 March, 2024) ---
The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has terminated an investigation into a serious injury suffered by a 24-year-old woman as it appeared to have happened prior to the arrival of Ontario Provincial Police officers.

Based on the SIU’s preliminary inquiries, in the morning of November 12, 2023, the woman was near a gas bar at 6215 Boundary Road in Cornwall, when she was reportedly struck and injured by a pickup truck. She then walked a short distance to a nearby Tim Hortons where she attacked an employee. Police were called and OPP officers attended at the scene, ultimately arresting the woman for the assault.  

The woman was taken to hospital where she was reportedly diagnosed with a fractured jaw. Evidence showed the injury appeared to have been incurred prior to the officers’ arrival. That being the case, the SIU was without 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,
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES