“In shock and disbelief”
The words of family members shocked Surrey RCMP will not recommend charges against the driver responsible in a pedestrian hit and run that left a Langley father of three dead.
“I’m still in disbelief, I mean when he told me that they found no supporting evidence to lay any charges or any kind, I thought I heard him wrong.”
Adam Leduc is dumbfounded Mounties found no criminality existed after 37 year old Andrew Leduc was mowed down while crossing the Langley Bypass last August.
“To say that he didn’t feel that didn’t see him on the highway, I just don’t buy it, and he hit a 220 pound man with such impact that he sent him flying four lanes across the highway.”
He adds “I just want everyone to know Andrew was a good guy, you know, he was a family man, he loved his kids, it’s a big loss for us.”
Ironically, the driver responsible is a civilian expert for the RCMP assisting in traffic investigations.
Leduc’s uncle, Wilfred Leduc, says the family wants an apology from the RCMP for what he calls poor handling of the file, and from the driver, for killing their beloved family member.
Leduc says it’s difficult to get closure, and his nephew is always on his mind.
BC’s Office of the Police Complaints Commission agreed a crime did not occur.
Full Surrey RCMP news release:
Charges not recommended in fatal pedestrian motor vehicle collision one year ago
File # 2013-102573
Thu Jul 24 09:45:00 PDT 2014
Surrey RCMP have determined that charges will not be recommended against the driver involved in a fatal pedestrian motor vehicle collision that occurred on August 7, 2013 in the 19500 block of the Langley Bypass.
Due to the fact that the driver involved in this collision was a civilian working under contract for the RCMP at the time of the collision, Surrey RCMP contacted the Independent Investigations Office (IIO) to advise them of the incident. Taking into consideration that the driver was not a police officer, the investigation was not undertaken by the IIO and Surrey RCMP Major Crime Unit moved forward with the investigation.
After a comprehensive and thorough 8 month investigation, Surrey RCMP tentatively found that no criminality existed on the part of the driver involved this collision.
In March 2014, the Surrey RCMP contacted BC’s Office of the Police Complaints Commission (OPCC) and requested that they conduct a review of the investigation and offer recommendations to complete the investigation. The OPCC agreed to conduct the review and the entire investigation was forwarded to their office.
In early July 2014, the OPCC confirmed the Surrey RCMP’s tentative findings of no criminality on the part of the driver; additionally they had no further recommendations for the investigation. A final report by the OPCC is pending and will be sent in the coming weeks.
The Surrey RCMP made contact with the victim’s family in Penticton through the Penticton RCMP’s Victim Services unit and advised them of the findings.
Surrey RCMP Major Crime Unit is currently working with victim’s family members to identify a time to review the investigation with them and answer all questions as to how they reached the conclusion of the investigation.