Cop whose car struck hit-and-run victim cleared
A Special Investigations Unit vehicle is parked at the scene of a fatal hit-and-run on Yonge Street in Richmond Hill on Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012. (Tom Podolec/CTV Toronto)
The Canadian Press
Published Friday, November 9, 2012 12:46PM EST
RICHMOND HILL, Ont. -- Ontario's police watchdog has cleared a York region police officer whose cruiser came into contact with a hit and run victim north of Toronto this month.
The Special Investigations Unit says while there's a possibility the collision played a role in the victim's death, there is no indication the officer drove in a dangerous manner.
The SIU says a 30-year-old man wearing dark clothes was walking along Yonge Street in Richmond Hill around 3:30 a.m. on Nov. 1 when he was struck by a Mercedes SUV.
It says the SUV then took off, leaving the man on the road. Police have since arrested the driver.
The agency says another vehicle struck the man and the driver pulled over to call police.
The officer responding to the call also "came into contact" with the man, who was later pronounced dead at the scene.
"Whether the man was alive immediately before the subject officer's cruiser impacted with his body is not relevant to a determination of the subject officer's criminal liability," SIU director Ian Scott said in a statement.
"While the man no doubt died as a result of one or a combination of impacts from motor vehicles that morning, there is no information gathered in this investigation to support the conclusion that the subject officer drove in a dangerous manner," he said.