The man taken into custody after yesterday’s fatal crash claiming the life of RCMP Constable Sarah Beckett has been released.
Police say the man was medically assessed and released without any charges early this morning.
RCMP say the investigation into the fatal crash continues.
The release was was a surprise to many, if the reaction on social media is anything to go by.
But one lawyer says it shows police are thoroughly investigating the case.
Paul Doroshenko says in his experience, police put a lot of resources into serious traffic incident like this, especially when a person dies.
“One would think in this circumstance that certainly this is particularly tragic that they would look very closely to determine whether or not an offence has been committed and the evidence is there.”
Doroshenko adds the fact an officer was involved means the police community is also heavily invested in holding someone to account for the tragedy.
“You see a circumstance like this and your heart goes out to them and you would understand why police are looking for an answer, and looking to hold someone responsible if there was an offence having been committed, but the evidence may not be there.”
Constable Sarah Beckett’s police cruiser was T-boned yesterday morning in an intersection in Langford on Vancouver Island.
The 32-year-old who had just returned from maternity leave, leaves behind two young children.
While the driver has been released, RCMP say a criminal investigation is ongoing.