Peel cop will not be charged after man hurt in Mississauga collision
Published April 29, 2022 at 11:46 am
A Peel Regional Police officer who was involved in a Mississauga crash that seriously injured a 68-year-old man has been cleared of any wrongdoing by the Ontario watchdog agency tasked with investigating the incident.
In a statement released today (April 29), Joseph Martino, director of the Special Investigations Unit (SIU), said he found no reasonable grounds to believe that the officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the two-car collision at Dixie Rd. and Bloor St. last Dec. 31.
The SIU looks into matters involving police and members of the public where serious injuries or deaths have occurred.
According to the SIU, the collision occurred on the morning of Dec. 31 as the Peel police officer “was travelling north on Dixie Rd. at speed on her way to an urgent call for service.”
The SIU report notes that as the officer approached the intersection at Bloor St., with her vehicle’s emergency equipment activated, she slowed the cruiser and then entered the intersection.
“At the same time, a Mazda vehicle that had been travelling west on Bloor St. entered the intersection on a green light and struck the cruiser,” the SIU says. “The driver of the Mazda was taken from the scene to hospital in an ambulance. He was reportedly diagnosed with a fractured sternum. The officer was not seriously injured in the collision.”
Martino said in his report that “as there were no reasonable grounds on the totality of the evidence to believe that the officer drove dangerously in violation of the criminal law,” there was no basis for proceeding with criminal charges in the case.
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