IIO BC to conduct concurrent investigation into fatal Langford collision

West Shore, B.C. Island District

2016-04-15 16:07 PDT

The Independent Investigation Office of British Columbia (IIO BC) is investigating the fatal Langford collision involving the death of Cst. Sarah Beckett.

On Tuesday April 5, 2016 a fatal collision occurred in the intersection of Peatt Road and Goldstream Avenue. The criminal investigation is being led by the RCMP Island District General Investigations Section (GIS), while the Saanich Police Department are overseeing the collision scene investigation..

At the time of the fatal collision the RCMP notified the Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia (IIO BC) to advise them of the situation and the information available. No IIO BC investigation was launched at that time. As the investigation has progressed, information pertaining to an attempt by police to stop the suspect vehicle prior to the collision was provided to the IIO BC for assessment.

On Friday April 15, 2016, the IIO BC confirmed they will be conducting an independent investigation into the events leading up to the fatal collision and whether the actions or inactions of any police officer may have been a contributing factor.

The IIO BC investigation will be concurrent to the criminal investigation being led by the Vancouver Island GIS.

Given that the fatal crash investigation now involves a concurrent investigation by the IIO BC, no further information is being released at this time.

For information about the IIO BC and media updates you can visit their website at www.iiobc.ca.

Released by

S/Sgt. Rob Vermeulen

Senior Media Relations Officer
"E" Division Communication Services
14200 Green Timbers Way, Surrey, B.C. V3T 6P3 - Mailstop #1608
Office: 778-290-2929
Fax: 778-290-6114

Email: rob.vermeulen@rcmp-grc.gc.ca

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