A police chase in downtown Brantford, Ontario, on Monday, November 7, 2016, ended in a the death of a 94-year-old woman after a car being chased by police crashed into the vehicle in which she was a passenger. The victim was taken to Brantford General Hospital where she was pronounced dead. The driver of her vehicle sustained numerous fractures. According to the Special Investigations Unit (SIU) which investigates cases of police harm to civilians in the province, the chase started as police attempted to stop a vehicle beginning around 10:30 AM. The crash occurred at 10:40 AM.
Incredibly this crash occurred at the intersection of Colborne Street West and Gilkison Street, the same intersection at which a police car chase ended with the death of an innocent third party. On October 10, 2014, Ashley Lerno, 18, of Brantford, was killed as a result of a police chase when the vehicle she was driving was hit by another vehicle driven by Richard Gamble, 50, who was being chased by Brant County OPP (Ontario Provincial Police) officers for trying to avoid a RIDE, drinking and driving, check. The two officers in that case, Constable Craig McMurtrie and Constable Rod Grubb, have been charged, in a situation rarely faced by police whose actions result in deaths to civilians, with criminal negligence causing death. Their trial is slated to start on March 20, 2017.
Once again it must be asked for how long such actions by police in pursuit of issues like this that result in deaths of innocent and uninvolved people will be tolerated. These are too frequent results of police chases for matters of less grave significance.