SIU Terminates Collision Investigation in Mississauga



    TORONTO, Oct. 10 /CNW/ - The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) has
terminated its investigation into a September 19, 2008 collision in
Mississauga.
    It has now been determined that the injuries suffered by both parties in
this incident are not serious injuries and, therefore, do no fall within the
mandate of the SIU.
    At approximately 2 p.m., a van, that had been reported stolen, struck the
back of a car at the intersection of Morningstar Drive and Goreway Drive.
Prior to the collision, the van had been stopped a short distance away by a
Peel Regional Police officer on Drifton Crescent for investigation. While the
officer was attempting to question the driver, he drove off.
    As a result of the collision, both vehicles spun out of control, the car
into a tree and the van into a concrete pole. A 47-year-old woman was treated
for minor neck and back injuries and released from Etobicoke General Hospital.
The driver of the van was treated at Brampton Civic Hospital and released into
police custody. It was initially thought that he had suffered a broken rib;
however, further investigation established that he did not, in fact, sustain
any fractures.
    The SIU is guided by the definition of "serious injury" that was
developed by the SIU's first Director, the Honourable Justice John Osler. The
Osler definition reads: "Serious injuries shall include those that are likely
to interfere with the health or comfort of the victim, and are more than
merely transient or trifling in nature and will include serious injury
resulting from sexual assault. Serious injury shall initially be presumed when
the victim is admitted to hospital, suffers a fracture to a limb, rib or
vertebrae or to the skull, suffers burns to a major portion of the body, loses
any portion of the body, suffers loss of vision or hearing, or alleges sexual
assault. Where a prolonged delay is likely before the seriousness or the
injury can be assessed, the Unit should be notified so that it can monitor the
situation and decide on the extent of its involvement."
    In a parallel investigation, the Peel Regional Police charged 32-year-old
Juston Craig of no fixed address with possession of property obtained by
crime, flight from a police officer, dangerous operation of a motor vehicle,
fail to remain at the scene of an accident and breach of probation.

    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: John Yoannou, SIU Communications/Service des
communications, UES, Telephone/No de telephone: (416) 622-2342 or/ou
1-800-787-8529; For general information about the SIU, please visit our
website at www.siu.on.ca

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