Driver involved in deadly hit-and-run won’t be charged

Vancouver, BC, Canada / (CKNW AM) AM980

A driver involved in a car crash that killed a 37-year-old man last summer in Surrey will not be charged.

The hit-and-run happened in August of last year on the Langley Bypass.

The victim was hit by a semi-truck and he died at the scene.

Police say the driver was a civilian working for the RCMP at the time.

But an eight-month investigation has concluded the worker did nothing wrong.

A further probe by the Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner found the same thing, though a full report is due in a few weeks.

Surrey RCMP say they will review the outcome with the victim’s family in Penticton.

Comments

  1. So now even if you’re just a civilian working for the RCMP you can get away with breaking the law… Or is the running part of a hit and run no longer classified as wrong???

  2. I remembered there being more to this story than what NW reports in this article; so I checked it out online. The victim was walking in a lane of traffic on the Langley bypass and it was 3 a.m. when the accident occurred. The driver was in a semi (tractor) and bob-tailing at the time (hope the terminology is accurate). According to the reports, the RCMP also determined that the ‘victim’ would not have been visible under the prevailing conditions.
    Although it seems improbable (not impossible) not to know when you hit someone, it is still very possible; especially in a ‘big rig’. We can only hope that the fact the driver was working for the RCMP was not a factor.
    We all do stupid things at times; even I did (well only once). The fellow walking in a lane of traffic and early in the morning (sadly) would seem to be the one most responsible for his demise. One certainly has sympathy for the family left behind but the driver must also be given the same latitude under the law as anyone else – not matter how tragic the incident. After 8 months of investigation, one assumes there simply wasn’t enough evidence to lay charges or get a conviction. No matter the real story, I’m sure the driver isn’t feeling exactly wonderful about the incident and has to live with this the rest of his life.

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