Ontario Provincial Police Officer Charged

    TORONTO, Feb. 10 /CNW/ - The Director of the Special Investigations Unit
(SIU), Ian Scott, has reasonable grounds to believe that an Ontario Provincial
Police (OPP) officer from the Thunder Bay Detachment is criminally responsible
for the death of an 18-year-old Thunder Bay area woman and has caused criminal
charges to be laid against the officer.
    On December 3, 2008 there was a collision at Highway 11/17 and Twin City
Crossroads between an OPP police car driven by Sergeant Darryl Storey and a
car driven by Jasmine Veneruzzo of Murillo, Ontario. Ms. Veneruzzo sustained
fatal injuries in the collision.
    Based on the results of the SIU investigation, the Director yesterday
caused charges of Criminal Negligence Causing Death contrary to section 220(b)
of the Criminal Code of Canada and Dangerous Driving Causing Death contrary to
section 249(4) of the Criminal Code of Canada, to be laid against Sergeant
    The officer was arrested and released on a promise to appear and an
undertaking. He will appear at the Ontario Court of Justice in Thunder Bay on
March 5, 2009, to answer to the charges. Justice Prosecutions of the Ministry
of the Attorney General will have carriage of the prosecution.
    As this matter is now before the courts, and in consideration of the fair
trial interests of the charged officer and the community, the SIU will make no
further comment pertaining to this investigation.

    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/Service des
communications, UES, Telephone/No de telephone: (416) 622-2342 or/ou

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