SIU Concludes Investigation in Halton Hills



    TORONTO, March 6 /CNW/ - The Director of the Special Investigations Unit
(SIU), James Cornish, has concluded that there are no reasonable grounds to
believe that a Halton Regional Police Service (HRPS) officer committed any
criminal offence in yesterday's collision in Halton Hills.
    At approximately 10:44 a.m. yesterday morning, the HRPS received a call
about a collision on Trafalgar Road, north of 5th Sideroad. As an officer
approached the collision scene, he saw that a white minivan had rolled and
come to rest on its roof in a ditch off the northbound lane of Trafalgar. The
officer pulled off the road and stopped on the east shoulder of the northbound
lane of Trafalgar Road. He activated the cruiser's emergency lighting and
walked over to the minivan to render assistance to the two occupants in the
minivan. There were white-out conditions at the time and several motorists had
exited their cars.
    The officer helped a woman and a small child out of the minivan and into
the back of the cruiser. In the meantime, the driver of a Ford Focus traveling
northbound on Trafalgar lost control and struck three people who were out of
their cars. The driver also struck the back of the police cruiser.
    One man and two women were struck. The 49-year-old man died from his
injuries and the two women were taken to Hamilton General Hospital and
Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre with serious injuries. The 71-year-old male
driver of the Focus and the woman and child in the back of the cruiser were
treated for minor injuries and were treated and released from hospital.
    Nine SIU investigators, including a collision reconstructionist and
forensic identification technicians, were assigned to investigate the conduct
of the involved officer in all the circumstances surrounding the collision.
Based on the evidence gathered, the Director has concluded that no further SIU
investigation is necessary. Director Cornish stated, "The officer was
responding to his call of duty and rendering emergency assistance to a mother
and her child. At the time the collision occurred, the officer's cruiser was
completely off the roadway with its emergency lighting activated. In my view,
there is nothing in the evidence to suggest that the involved officer's
conduct caused or contributed to this collision that tragically took the life
of one man and seriously injured two others."

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




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For further information: Rose Bliss, SIU Communications/Service des
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1-800-787-8529

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