An investigation into the death of a
motorcycle passenger two months ago has concluded that police actions
did not cause the death.
Forty-year-old Ioana Bocunescu fell off
the back seat of a motorcycle in late August after a Durham Regional
Police Service officer pulled up beside the motorcycle on Hwy 401 in
Whitby, Ontario around midnight. The officer is reported to have
noticed the bike speeding and attempted to pull over the operator.
According to crash investigators, when
the marked patrol car pulled up on the left side of the bike, the
officer made eye contact with the rider and signalled him to pull
over. The rider accelerated away from the officer’s marked patrol
car. Soon after that, the officer came upon the body of a woman in
the highway and stopped to provide help.
But she was dead. She had fallen off
the bike as the driver made some quick lane changes, the
investigators determined, and was run over by several vehicles. The
motorcycle operator did not stop.
Investigators found no evidence that
the officer made contact with the bike or pursued it, and therefore
the police officer twas not responsible for the fatality.
Bocunescu was a stroke survivor who had
earned a degree in economics in her native Romania. She had been
studying at Humber College in order to get a social services degree
and work with stroke victims.
The driver of the motorcycle, a 37-year-old North York, Ontario man, was arrested three weeks after the incident and has been charged with manslaughter, according to Toronto news station cp24.com.