SIU Concludes Investigation in Meaford



    TORONTO, April 27 /CNW/ - The Director of the Special Investigations Unit
(SIU), James Cornish, has concluded that there is no reasonable basis to
believe that an Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officer committed a criminal
offence during a collision that occurred on February 15, 2007, in Meaford.
    Two SIU investigators were assigned to probe the circumstances
surrounding the collision. The investigation revealed that on February 15,
2007, at approximately 6:40 a.m., an OPP officer from the Chatsworth
detachment was driving an unmarked cruiser eastbound on Highway 26 in Meaford.
The officer was working on an investigation but not responding to a call.
    The officer lost control on Bay View Hill and crossed over the centre
line into the westbound lane of Highway 26. The cruiser then struck the front
of a Pontiac Grand Am and came to rest on a snow bank at the side of the road.
A van that was traveling eastbound then struck the back of the cruiser.
    The 53-year-old driver of the Grand Am was taken to Grey Bruce Health
Services where she was treated for internal injuries. An OPP Cadet, who was a
passenger in the cruiser, was treated in hospital for non-life threatening
injuries.
    Having reviewed all the available evidence, Director Cornish concluded
that the officer was coping, as were all the drivers in the area, with poor
road conditions due to winter weather. He stated, "The subject officer lost
control on the snow covered road. Her driving did not constitute a marked
departure from the standard of care that would be expected of a reasonable
motorist in similar circumstances."

    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.




For further information:

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

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