Special Investigations Unit (SIU)

Special Investigations Unit (SIU)

February 14, 2005 11:10 ET

SIU Concludes Investigation into Toronto Collision

Attention: News Editor TORONTO--(CCNMatthews - Feb. 14, 2005) - James Cornish, the Director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), has concluded that a Toronto Police Service (TPS) officer is not criminally responsible for a collision that occurred at 11:04 p.m., on January 12, 2005.

The SIU was notified that a TPS officer in a marked cruiser was pursuing a minivan when the van mounted a curb and struck two pedestrians at the intersection of Victoria Park and Finch Avenues. A 22-year-old man suffered multiple fractures and a 19-year-old man was treated at hospital for minor injuries.

The SIU investigation revealed that two officers in a fully marked cruiser were stopped behind a minivan at McNicoll and Victoria Park Avenues. When the traffic light signal turned green, the officers noticed the driver of the van was driving erratically. The police attempted to stop the van and initiated a pursuit of the car, activating the cruiser's emergency lights and siren. The pursuit continued southbound along Victoria Park Avenue, past Morecambe Gate. At the intersection of Victoria Park and Finch Avenues, the driver of the van attempted to make a right turn. The van skidded through the intersection, mounted the curb, and struck two pedestrians who were waiting to cross the road.

Having reviewed all the available evidence, Director Cornish concluded the officers were simply doing their job in attempting to enforce the law. He stated, "This pursuit lasted for a matter of seconds and in the short time span within which it took place, there was very little opportunity for the subject officer to evaluate whether to discontinue the pursuit."

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.

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

Contact Information

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