SIU Concludes Investigation into York Pedestrian Collision

    TORONTO, Feb. 25 /CNW/ - The Director of the Special Investigations Unit
(SIU) has concluded that there are no reasonable grounds to believe that an
officer of the York Regional Police (YPS) committed any criminal offence in
relation to the injuries suffered by a 68 year old North York woman in
December 2008.
    The SIU assigned two investigators, two forensic investigators, and a
collision reconstructionist to probe the circumstances of this incident.
    At 7:20 a.m. on December 4, 2008 Zlata Topalovska was crossing Bathurst
Street at the intersection of Worth Boulevard. A marked York Regional Police
car was turning left from Worth Street to go northbound on Bathurst Street.
The police car struck Mrs. Topalovska and she was knocked to the ground. Mrs.
Topalovska sustained a fractured pelvis. She was transported to York Central
Hospital by ambulance where she was admitted for treatment.
    Director Scott said, "There are no reasonable grounds to believe that the
officer committed a criminal offence in relation to this motor vehicle
collision. After the collision the officer immediately reported the incident.
There is no suggestion of elevated speed, erratic driving, refusing to stop at
the scene of the collision or consumption of alcohol or drugs." Director Scott
added; "I am of the view that the driving behaviour of the officer leading up
to this collision does not elevate itself to conduct captured by the Criminal

    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
1-800-787-8529 extension 2342

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