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Mississauga man charged in death of off-duty officer

01/26/2012 01:29 EST | Updated 03/27/2012 05:12 EDT

Police have charged a Mississauga man in connection with the death of an off-duty officer.

Const. Riccardo Torchia, 30, was killed on Aug. 2, 2011, when he was struck by a garbage truck on Highway 7.

Torchia was riding his motorcycle at the time.

On Wednesday York regional police arrested Jose Couto, 55, and charged him with criminal negligence causing death. After making the arrest police also charged Couto with possession of a controlled substance.

Police said their investigation "determined that the collision occurred when the westbound dump truck turned left into a private driveway on Highway 7 east of Highway 50, in front of the eastbound motorcycle."

Torchia was pronounced dead at the scene.

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