No charges laid against Peterborough police officer in death of man, 19, following high-speed crash


The Ontario Special Investigation Unit (SIU) announced Friday that no charges have been laid against a Peterborough police officer in connection with the death of a 19-year-old man.

“The Director of the Special Investigations Unit, Joseph Martino, has found no reasonable grounds to believe that a Peterborough Police Service officer committed a criminal offence in connection with the death of a 19-year-old man and serious injuries suffered by two other persons in a collision last August,” the SIU said in a statement.

On the evening of August 6, 2021, the officer was conducting speed enforcement on County Road 28 in Fraserville when he attempted to stop the driver of a Honda Civic for speeding. There was a brief chase before the officer disengaged, the statement added.

The Civic then struck a pickup truck. A male passenger died at the scene, and two other passengers, a 15-year-old girl and a 19-year-old man, suffered serious injuries.

The Ontario SIU also added that Director Martino found that the officer comported himself with due care and regard for public safety in the course of the brief chase.

He said there was also no evidence to suggest that the officer was ever close to the vehicle. The file has been closed.



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