SIRT Clears Regional Police Officer Involved in Sydney Mines Man’s Death
The province’s police watchdog says charges are not warranted against a Regional Police officer who was driving the police vehicle that killed a 66 year-old Sydney Mines man.
Dave Walsh had been helping a young boy who had fallen out a second story window of a neighbouring house during the April 4th incident.
The SIRT describes the scene as chaotic with onlookers and three police vehicles and an ambulance parked on the street which was narrowed by large snow banks.
It says the officer driving the police SUV went to back up to allow the ambulance to leave and didn’t see Walsh standing behind him.
It adds the SUV backed over him, and then went forward and he died at the scene.
The SIRT says the officer’s actions were a mistake caused by momentary inattention and adds Walsh’s family consider the incident to have been an accident.