A police chase in Sicamous, BC that ended in a fatal accident is not the fault of the RCMP, the Office of Independent Investigations concluded.
The incident occurred on May 20, at approximately 4 p.m., when officers unsuccessfully tried to stop traffic from a light gray Honda Civic in Canoe, which is near Salmon Arm.
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“Police (officers) in Sicamous realized that the Honda was heading into their jurisdiction and attempted another traffic stop using a spike belt on Highway 1 near the Bruhn Bridge in Sicamous,” the IIO said.
“During the stop attempt, the Honda went off the road before coming to a close stop.”
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Medical assistance was provided, but a woman in the passenger seat died at the scene while the man driving was taken to hospital by Emergency Health Services for treatment of serious injuries.
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“The CCD has reviewed the available evidence and determined that there are no reasonable grounds to believe that any officer has committed a crime,” the IIO said.
“Accordingly, the matter will not be referred to Crown Counsel for consideration of the charges.”
There are concurrent court proceedings related to the incident and, as such, the IIO’s public report will not be posted on the IIO’s website until that process is complete.
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