TORONTO, Dec. 21 /CNW/ - The Director of the Special Investigations Unit
(SIU), James Cornish, has concluded there are no reasonable grounds to believe
that a Toronto Police Service (TPS) officer committed any criminal offence in
regards to a fatal motor vehicle collision that occurred on Victoria Park Ave.
and Holland Ave. on Tuesday, September 18th, 2007.
Four SIU investigators, three SIU forensic identification technicians
(FITs), and one SIU accident reconstructionist were assigned to probe the
circumstances surrounding this collision.
The SIU investigators determined that at approximately 12:18 a.m. a
Toronto Police Officer was conducting traffic checks on Victoria Park Ave.
south of Eglinton Ave. The officer checked the licence plate of an Acura that
was southbound on Victoria Park Ave. She determined that the licence plate had
been reported as missing, which meant the plate was either lost or stolen. In
any event the plate did not belong on the Acura. The officer activated the
emergency lights on her police car to stop the Acura. The driver of the Acura
did not stop, but rather sped up in an attempt to flee from the officer. The
driver of the Acura lost control of the car in the area of Holland Avenue,
crossed into the oncoming lanes, and collided with a vehicle that was
northbound on Victoria Park Ave. The driver of the Acura suffered fatal
injuries in the collision. The driver of the other car was taken to hospital
where he was treated and released.
Director Cornish stated, "I am of the view that there are no reasonable
grounds to support any criminal charges against the officer that was involved.
The evidence indicates that the Acura sped away at a high rate of speed
immediately after the officer activated her emergency lights and crashed
within seconds after that. There is no indication that the police cruiser came
close to the Acura or to its rate of speed."
The SIU is a civilian agency that investigates circumstances involving
police and civilians, which have resulted in serious injury, sexual assault or
death. Under Part VII, Section 113, of the Police Services Act, the Director
of the SIU has the sole authority to decide whether or not charges are
warranted based on the findings of a complete investigation. The Director's
decision is reported to the Attorney General.
For further information:
For further information: Frank Phillips, SIU Communications/Service des
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