A Peel Region police officer involved in a two vehicle crash back in March, which resulted in injuries for a 70-year old woman, will not be charged.
The Special Investigations Unit has put out a statement, indicating there are no reasonable grounds to believe the officer committed an offence.
The subject officer was travelling southbound on Nasmith Street in Brampton, at about 1:oo p.m. on Tuesday March 8, when he received an emergency radio call regarding an unconscious woman, possibly without vital signs.
The officer then made a U-turn, and while travelling north towards Bovaird Drive, activated his lights and siren.
When he entered the intersection against the red light, he was T-boned by a westbound vehicle; the female driver sustained a fractured sternum, and the officer suffered a concussion and whiplash injuries.
“I am not left in any doubt that when the subject officer entered the intersection, he did so against a red light. The critical question is whether or not the officer came to a full stop before entering the intersection. If the officer entered the intersection without coming to a full stop, then categorically he would be unable to avail himself of section 144(20) of the Highway Traffic Act. This section affords an exception to the requirement to stop at a red light for emergency vehicles, provided the driver first comes to a complete stop and then only proceeds when it is safe to do so. The in-car crash data from the subject officer’s police vehicle confirms that he was travelling at only 2 km/h five seconds prior to the collision. This is consistent with him coming to a stop prior to entering the intersection. The compelling conclusion is that if the officer did not come to a full stop, he at least slowed down to the point of a near-stop prior to entering the intersection. Before entering the intersection, the officer activated his emergency equipment. While proceeding through the intersection, he was struck by the civilian’s vehicle on the passenger side. The officer first saw the vehicle approximately one to two seconds prior to impact. He had no time to maneuver his vehicle in order to avoid the collision.” – Tony Loparco, Director of the SIU.