Special Investigations Unit (SIU)

Special Investigations Unit (SIU)

February 03, 2005 12:00 ET

SIU Concludes Cambridge Collision Investigation

Attention: News Editor TORONTO--(CCNMatthews - Feb. 3, 2005) - James L. Cornish, the Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), has concluded there is no reasonable basis to believe that a Waterloo Regional Police Service (WRPS) officer is criminally responsible for a collision that occurred on December 11, 2004, in Cambridge.

The SIU investigation determined that at approximately 4:48 p.m., an officer was traveling northbound on Dundas Street to attend a call. While driving across the bridge, the officer lost control of the cruiser, crossed the centreline and collided head-on with a GMC Jimmy that was traveling southbound. Both the officer and the man driving the Jimmy were taken to Cambridge Memorial Hospital. The man was treated for a fractured heel and the officer was reportedly treated for a broken ankle.

The evidence indicates the officer was traveling between 50-60 km/h seconds before the collision occurred. The bridge was iced over and slippery at the time of the crash.

Director Cornish concluded the officer lost control on a slippery bridge and that the officer's driving was not criminal in nature.

The SIU is a civilian agency that investigates circumstances involving police and civilians which have resulted in serious injury, sexual assault or death. Under Part VII, Section 113, of the Police Services Act, the Director of the SIU has the sole authority to decide whether or not charges are warranted based on the findings of a complete investigation. The Director's decision is reported to the Attorney General.


Rose Bliss
SIU Communications/Service des communications, UES
Telephone/No de telephone: 416-622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529

Contact Information

  • Rose Bliss, Communications Manager, Special Investigations Unit
    Primary Phone: 416-622-2342