The Special Investigations Unit says a provincial police officer won’t be facing charges arising from an incident in which a pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle the officer was pursuing.
The police watchdog agency says the OPP and city police had set up a RIDE spot check in downtown Guelph early on Dec. 13, 2015, and the officer pursued an SUV that accelerated through the spot check.
The SIU says that the driver of the SUV – estimated to be travelling in excess of 115 km/h – lost control at a five-way intersection, mounted the sidewalk, struck a utility pole, flipped onto its roof and slid along the sidewalk and roadway.
The SUV struck 24-year-old Grace Glofcheskie, who had been walking on the sidewalk, and she died of her injuries in hospital.
The SIU says the majority of the pursuit occurred in a largely commercial area devoid of foot traffic and the police officer was slowing down and backing off the pursuit before reaching the intersection.
SIU director Tony Loparco says the evidence doesn’t supply reasonable grounds to believe that the officer is criminally culpable for Glofcheskie’s tragic death, and no charges will be laid.
21-year-old Curtis Henri of Guelph later pleaded guilty to seven charges, including criminal negligence causing death.