TORONTO, Jan. 25 /CNW/ - James Cornish, the Director of the Special
Investigations Unit (SIU), has concluded that there are no reasonable grounds
to believe that a Toronto Police Service (TPS) officer committed any criminal
offence in connection with the injuries suffered by two pedestrians in a
crosswalk on November 9, 2007.
The SIU assigned four investigators, two forensic identification
technicians and an accident reconstructionist to probe the circumstances of
The SIU investigation determined that at 9:23 p.m. Friday, November 9th,
2007 two female pedestrians were in the pedestrian crosswalk on Sandhurst
Circle near Finch Ave. East. The overhead flashing lights at the crosswalk
were on. The two pedestrians were walking from the east side of Sandhurst
Circle to the west side. A police cruiser travelling southbound on Sandhurst
Circle struck both of them while they were in the crosswalk. Both of the
females were knocked to the ground. A 44-year-old was admitted to hospital
with multiple fractures. A 16-year-old was treated at hospital and released.
The Director said, "There are no reasonable grounds to support the charge
of dangerous driving or dangerous driving causing bodily harm."
The SIU is a civilian agency that investigates cases of serious injuries
(including allegations of sexual assault) and deaths involving the police.
Pursuant to section 113 of the Police Services Act, the Director of the SIU is
mandated to consider whether a criminal offence has been committed by an
officer(s) in connection with the incident under investigation and, where
warranted by the evidence, to cause a criminal charge or charges to be laid
against the officer(s). The Director reports the results of investigations to
the Attorney General.
For further information:
For further information: Frank Phillips, SIU Communications, Telephone:
(416) 622-2342 or 1-800-787-8529