Thunder Bay

Veneruzzo family files civil suit against OPP, Darryl Storey

The family of Jasmine Veneruzzo is turning to the civil courts in hopes of getting the Ontario Provincial Police and now-retired officer Darryl Storey to admit responsibility for her death.

Family of 18-year-old killed by speeding police officer "extremely upset"

The family of Jasmine Veneruzzo is turning to the civil courts in hopes of getting the Ontario Provincial Police and now-retired officer Darryl Storey to admit responsibility for her death.

The news came this week after a police disciplinary hearing in Thunder Bay was cancelled.

"We are extremely upset and curious at this outcome, something we’ve waited almost 6 years to see happen," said the family in a statement emailed to CBC News.

The statement went on to say that neither the OPP nor Storey has admitted responsibility for Veneruzzo's death.

Retirement pre-empts hearing

Storey was convicted in 2013 of dangerous driving causing death after the police car he was driving at high speed collided with a vehicle driven by Veneruzzo at an intersection outside Thunder Bay. She was killed instantly. Storey served more than a year in jail.

The OPP suspended Storey with pay between Veneruzzo's death in 2008 and his conviction in 2013. The police force was seeking his dismissal at a Police Services Act hearing scheduled for Oct. 15. Storey retired in September, which meant he didn't have to attend the hearing.

The family is suing for an undisclosed amount of damages. No date has been set for trial.