SIU releases details concerning crash involving Grenville O.P.P. cruiser

JOHNSTOWN – The province’s Special Investigations Unit has released more details surrounding a Friday night crash involving an O.P.P. cruiser and another vehicle.

The crash happened at the intersection of Mary Street and County Road 2 in the village of Johnstown in Edwardsburgh-Cardinal Township.

According to the SIU, the cruiser was heading east, responding to a call, when it crashed into the back of another vehicle attempting to make a left-hand turn to Mary Street.

The civilian vehicle landed on its roof in the north ditch of County Road 2, east of Mary Street, while the O.P.P. cruiser also slid into the same ditch.

The cruiser had extensive front end damage.

An unidentified 63-year-old man in the civilian vehicle, who was alone at the time, was taken to hospital in Brockville and then airlifted to Kingston General Hospital with serious non-life threatening injuries, the SIU said.

The lone officer in the cruiser was treated and released from hospital for injuries to his hand that are said to be minor.

The SIU has assigned one subject officer and three witness officers to the investigation.

Three investigators, two forensic investigators, and two collision reconstruction experts have also been assigned to the case.

Anyone who may have seen the collision is being asked to call the lead SIU investigator at 1-800-787-8529.

The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) is an independent body that investigates cases involving police where death, serious injury or a sexual assault has taken place. The SIU does have the power to lay criminal charges.