Mississauga – The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Tony Loparco, has terminated an investigation into a collision that occurred between an unmarked police SUV and a cyclist in Cornwall in July of 2018.
At approximately 4 p.m. on July 27, 2018, a police officer who was en route to a call was operating an unmarked police SUV eastbound on Second Street East. At the Second Street East and Millville Avenue intersection, the officer proceeded to turn right onto Millville Avenue. As this was happening, a 33-year-old cyclist – who was riding his bike eastbound on Second Street East in the bicycle lane – collided into the right front corner of the police vehicle. The cyclist was thrown off the bicycle to the pavement. He was transported to hospital for treatment of a shoulder injury.
Director Loparco said, “The evidence establishes that the officer had a momentary lapse of attention and at a minimum, made a right turn not in safety. However, while the injury sustained by the cyclist was unfortunate, it did not result from any criminal act on the part of the officer. The officer’s driving did not rise to the level of dangerous driving under the Criminal Code. Accordingly, I have terminated the investigation into this incident.”
The SIU is an arm’s length agency that investigates reports involving police where there has been death, serious injury or allegations of sexual assault. Under the Police Services Act, the Director of the SIU must
consider whether an officer has committed a criminal offence in connection with the incident under investigation
depending on the evidence, lay a criminal charge against the officer if appropriate or close the file without any charges being laid
report the results of any investigations to the Attorney General.