Police officer cleared after serious collision with 85-year-old pedestrian in Burlington
An officer in an OPP cruiser has been found innocent of criminal intent after a serious collision with an 85-year-old woman at a Burlington crosswalk last October.
The matter went before the Special Investigations Unit, who examined the accident that took place at the crosswalk across North Shore Boulevard to Joseph Brant Hospital and the Burlington Detachment of the OPP.
The investigation, which had to go to the SIU because it involved an officer, determined that a Toronto Police officer, seconded by the OPP and driving an OPP cruiser, hit the elderly female pedestrian on October 14, 2022 at about 9:35 am.
A unidentified man who called 911 was driving east and stopped at the light when he noticed the woman lying on the road. His call to the police confirmed he hadn’t seen the collision so he couldn’t comment on the driver’s speed.
The woman was conscious but bleeding from the back of her head and was complaining of shoulder and back pain. The 411 caller asked another man at the scene what had happened. That man could be heard saying, “She was struck by a car.”
After reviewing the case in its entirety, the Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, did find some faults with the officer, who had been making a left turn, but in the end said he “has found no reasonable grounds to believe that a Toronto Police Service officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the serious injuries suffered by an 85-year-old woman struck by a police vehicle in Burlington.”