Mountie speeding at time of fatal crash

Surrey Mountie was trying to find a stolen truck when was killed last month.

Surrey RCMP Const. Adrian Oliver was speeding without use of lights or siren at the time of the crash that killed him, an investigation has revealed.

The 28-year-old was on duty, on Tuesday, Nov. 13, when his unmarked police car collided with a semi-trailer at 64 Avenue and 148 Street in Newton.

Surrey RCMP Chief Supt. Bill Fordy said in a release Friday that Oliver was speeding without his lights or siren as he was looking for a stolen vehicle.

“The preliminary investigation indicates, by way of GPS and video evidence, that Cst. Oliver was attempting to locate a recently stolen pick-up truck,” Fordy said in a statement. “During the course of those efforts, in the moments prior to the collision, he was operating his police vehicle in excess of the posted speed limit, without his emergency equipment activated.”

Oliver had been with the Surrey RCMP for more than three years.

His stepfather is also a serving member of the RCMP, as is one of his brothers, who is an officer in the Lower Mainland.

About 6,000 people attended Oliver’s funeral on Nov. 21 at the Langley Events Centre, while another 5,000 watched online.

The investigation into the crash continues with the oversight of the Vancouver Police Department.

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