SIU terminates probe into Prescott Highway 401 crash

(Newswatch Group/File)

PRESCOTT – The province’s Special Investigations Unit has terminated its probe into last month’s collision on Highway 401, west of Prescott, involving a pickup truck evading a RIDE spot check.

Grenville County O.P.P. said a vehicle bolted from a RIDE spot check in the Prescott area around midnight on June 19 and was later involved in a single vehicle crash on Highway 401 between Prescott and Maitland.

The driver of the truck had tried to make a U-turn in the middle of the freeway and struck a guardrail. That’s when the driver got out and walked down the middle of the eastbound lane of Highway 401.

Minutes later, he was hit by a tractor-trailer. The 31-year-old man survived and the extent of his injuries was a dislocated shoulder.

The SIU has ruled there is “patently nothing to investigate” concerning any potential criminal act by a police officer.

The oversight body also determined that “the pursuit had been terminated by the time the man lost control of his vehicle,” so no officer was directly responsible for the man’s injuries.

The SIU file has been closed.

With the SIU file closed, Grenville County O.P.P. media relations officer Ann Collins told Brockville Newswatch “it’s allowing our officers to actually investigate the incident.”

“We are not at any conclusion yet in our investigation. But hopefully we’ll see some information coming our way in the next week or two,” Collins said.

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