SIU clears Waterloo police officers in deaths of Taryn Hewitt, Nathan Wehrle

The Special Investigations Unit (SIU) announced Friday that it had cleared two Waterloo Regional Police officers of wrongdoing in the deaths of 15-year-old Nathan Wehrle of Cambridge and 16-year-old Taryn Hewitt of London.

The pair were killed on Oct. 5, 2017, when a stolen car Wehrle was driving collided head-on with a transport truck on Highway 6 near Hamilton.

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The crash occurred while Waterloo police were in a pursuit which began after a concerned citizen called police to report someone had been assaulted and possibly abducted.

Tony Loparco, the director of the SIU, noted in his report that “I am unable to establish that there was a causal connection between the actions of both subject officers and the catastrophic collision that caused the tragic deaths.“

He also wrote: “There is no evidence that the driving of either of the two subject officers put any of the members of the public at risk throughout any part of the pursuit.”

The SIU is mandated to investigate investigate deaths, serious injuries or allegations of sexual assault involving police officers.

*With files from Global News’ Catherine McDonald



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