September 25, 2009
LONDON, Ont. — Ontario’s police watchdog has cleared a provincial police officer of any criminal wrongdoing in a crash that killed her colleague.
On July 6, Const. Alan Hack died when the cruiser in which he was a passenger collided with a tractor-trailer in Elgin County.
The Special Investigations Unit says the driver, Const. Lynn Neale, drove through a stop sign moments before the crash.
The SIU says it appears Neale never saw the truck until the last moment due to her focus on a suspect trying to elude police.
The agency adds that Neale did nothing a “reasonable person” in a similar situation wouldn’t have.
Hack, who was 31, was in the back seat and neither he nor Neale was wearing a seatbelt. Both were thrown from the cruiser.