No charges against RCMP in fatal accident

Abbotsford police have concluded their investigation of officer who struck an 18-year-old

A young woman is loaded into an ambulance earlier this year. She died en route to the hospital.

A Surrey RCMP officer will not be charged for striking and killing a young woman with his car earlier this year.

On Jan. 31, a Surrey RCMP officer was heading southbound on King George Boulevard near 98 Avenue when he struck and killed an 18-year-old pedestrian.

The officer was not dispatched to a call and did not have lights or siren on at the time.

Abbotsford police were called in to investigate the incident.

That city’s major crime unit and collision analysts examined the scene and all transmissions to and from the car that evening.

“After thorough examination of all of the facts presented, Regional Crown Counsel determined that there was insufficient evidence to support a charge against the driver,” the Abbotsford police said in a release Thursday.

“It is impossible to be involved in incidents of this magnitude without acknowledging the impact to everyone involved, most importantly the friends and family of the young woman whose life ended far too soon.  The Abbotsford Police Department again would like to offer our condolences to these individuals as they continue dealing with their loss.”

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