SIU Continues Investigation into Collision Between Police Cruiser and Cyclist in Orillia

    TORONTO, June 16 /CNW/ - The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is
continuing to investigate the circumstances surrounding the serious injuries
sustained by a 28-year-old cyclist in Orillia on June 13, 2008.
    On that date, at approximately 11:27 p.m., an Ontario Provincial Police
(OPP) officer with the Orillia Detachment was en route to a call of a
disturbance in the city of Orillia. The officer was alone, driving a marked
cruiser when at the intersection of Front St. and Gill St. a bicyclist came
into contact with the cruiser. The cyclist, Gerry Pelletier, suffered serious
but non-life threatening injuries and has been treated and released from
    The SIU has assigned two investigators, two forensic investigators and an
accident reconstructionist to investigate the nature and extent of police
involvement in the injuries to Mr. Pelletier. One officer has been designated
as a subject officer and one other as a witness officer.
    The SIU is appealing for anyone who may have witnessed any portion of
this incident to contact the Unit at 1-800-787-8529 ext. 1886.

    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: SIU Communications/Service des communications,
UES, Telephone/No de telephone: (416) 622-2342 or/ou 1-800-787-8529

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