SIU Concludes Investigation into Long Sault Vehicle Death

    TORONTO, Nov. 13 /CNW/ - The Director of the Special Investigations Unit
(SIU) has concluded that there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any
Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) officers committed any criminal offence in
relation to the death of a 29-year-old Cornwall man on July 19, 2007.
    The SIU assigned three investigators, three forensic identification
technicians and a collision reconstructionist to investigate this incident.
    The SIU determined that at 1:30 a.m. on July 19, 2007, OPP officers were
dispatched to a Long Sault home regarding a noise complaint. The officers
dealt with the call and were still in the area when they noticed a man leave a
home and get on a motorcycle.
    The man started the motorcycle and rode north towards Moulinette Rd. The
officers activated the roof lights on their marked cruiser because they
suspected the motorcycle's driver may be impaired, but the motorcycle did not
stop. They pursued the motorcycle north on Moulinette Rd. for a short distance
before turning off the roof lights. The motorcycle continued northbound and
they eventually lost sight of it.
    Approximately one kilometre north of Highway 401, the officers found the
motorcycle in a ditch. Jason Lacombe, the motorcycle's 29-year-old driver, had
been thrown from the motorcycle and was lying seriously injured on the ground.
The officers tended to him until EMS arrived. Mr. Lacombe was transported to
hospital by ambulance, but later died of his injuries.
    Director Cornish said, "There is no evidence that the officer interfered
with the operation of the motorcycle. The officer's driving was not a marked
departure from the standard of care one would expect from a prudent driver in
the same situation and fell well within the limits prescribed by criminal law.
Mr. Lacombe's unfortunate death cannot be attributed to any action or inaction
on the part of the subject officer."

    The SIU is a civilian government 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
communications, UES, Telephone/No de telephone: (416) 622-2342 or/ou

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