Special Investigations Unit (SIU)

Special Investigations Unit (SIU)

January 21, 2005 09:48 ET

SIU Concludes Collision Investigation in Cambridge

Attention: News Editor TORONTO--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 21, 2005) - The Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), James L. Cornish, has concluded there is no reason to believe that any Waterloo Regional Police Service (WRPS) officers are criminally responsible for the single motor vehicle collision that occurred on December 21, 2004, in Cambridge.

Waterloo police notified the SIU that a Chrysler Intrepid had crashed into a hydro pole on Townline Road. The 37-year-old driver of the car suffered a broken neck and back and the 35-year-old passenger suffered a broken leg and internal injuries.

During the SIU probe, investigators canvassed the collision scene for witnesses and designated a total of 5 subject and 9 witness officers from the WRPS. SIU forensic identification technicians photographed and measured the collision scene and thoroughly examined the Intrepid and police cruiser. A collision reconstruction report was also prepared.

The SIU investigation determined that at approximately 4:11 a.m., a WRPS officer in a marked cruiser was patrolling Pinebush Road when he heard an audible alarm coming from nearby. The officer responded to the area of the alarm and noticed a Chrysler Intrepid that was backed up to the front door of a computer store.
As the officer approached two men ran from the store into the car, which quickly sped away. The officer activated the cruiser's lights and siren and advised the dispatcher that he was in pursuit of a car.

The Intrepid sped eastbound on Pinebush Road and disobeyed a red traffic signal at the intersection with Franklin Avenue. The officer slowed for the intersection and lost sight of the car. The officer traveled north on Townline Road, slowly patrolling for the car. Near the area of Townline and Wellington Side Roads, the officer came upon the wrecked Intrepid in a ditch. The car had lost control and struck a hydro pole.

Director Cornish stated the driver of the Intrepid caused the accident and that the officers involved in this case were only doing their duty and did nothing to cause this collision.

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