A man called 'a rising star' in Toronto's police force has died of injuries he suffered in the line of duty.
34-year old Toronto Police Cst. John Zivcic passed away around 12:30pm on Monday, at St. Michael's hospital in downtown Toronto.
He was gravely hurt when the unmarked patrol car he was driving was involved in a violent collision on Bloor Street, near Highway 427 on Saturday afternoon. Zivcic was rushing to a call when his cruiser collided with another car and slammed into a pole. He was thrown out of the car.
Deputy Police Chief Peter Sloly says Zivcic was surrounded by his family when he died.
Police Chief Bill Blair has been out of town since the crash happened and was not able to make it to the city in time for the announcement but extended his condolences to John's mother, brother, sister and all of his extended family.
The Office of the Chief and the Toronto Police Association are working closely with the family on making funeral arrangements.
Cst. Zivcic had been with Toronto Police for 7 years. He worked at 22 Division, in the city's west end.
He was interviewed for a Toronto Police article when he first joined the force in 2008.
He was trained as a tool and dye maker and speaks Croatian. “I think I will grow as a person and learn a lot,” he said on being part of the force.
"He was a well-respected, hard working police officer," Toronto Police Association President Mike McCormack told Newstalk 1010.
"We're going to be burying a 34-year-old police officer and there's no way to describe the tragedy and the impact that that has on the Toronto Police Service and John's family," said McCormack.
Zivcic is survived by his mother, brother, sister, brother-in-law, and sister-in-law.
The officer's family expressed their thanks to the public, St. Michael's Hospital, Toronto police and various other police services across the country, who expressed prayers over the weekend that Zivcic would pull through, McCormack said.
"They are so overwhelmed by the amount of support in this terrible, terrible time of grieving," he said.
Mayor Rob Ford said his thoughts and prayers go out to the officer's family. "He worked very hard and that's why we have to support our frontline police men and women,'' Ford said at city hall. "They sacrifice their life day in and day out and it's a very sad day today.''
Members of the Toronto Police Services Board are saddened by `"the loss of a young life and a promising career," said its president, Alok Mukherjee.
"I want to convey our sincere condolences to John's family: his mother, his brothers,'' Mukherjee said. ``They have been with him all along and I just want to say to the members of the Toronto Police Service that our sympathies are with them also."
The woman involved in the collision suffered minor injuries and at this point, it's not clear what exactly caused the collision
Sloly says "it is a collision investigation that is unfolding as it should."