Canada suing driver of truck that killed Surrey police officer

Attorney General's office is seeking replacement costs of Adrian Oliver's vehicle

The wreckage of RCMP Const.Adrian Oliver's police car two years ago.

The wreckage of RCMP Const.Adrian Oliver's police car two years ago.

Canada is suing the driver of a truck that killed Surrey RCMP Const. Adrian Oliver two years ago.

The federal Attorney General’s office filed a Statement of Claim in B.C. Supreme Court on Monday seeking damages for the replacement of Oliver’s car.

On Nov. 13, 2012, Oliver, 28, was heading west on 64 Avenue near 148 Street in an unmarked police car while looking for a stolen truck. He was not using his lights and siren at the time.

Harjit Singh Lotay was heading east on 64 Avenue. According the Nov. 10 Statement of Claim, Lotay “negligently” attempted to turn left onto 148 Street, causing his 2006 Freightliner to collide with Oliver’s police car.

Oliver was killed in the crash.

“As a further consequence of the collision, the RCMP vehicle suffered extensive damage and was rendered non-repaiarable,” the Statement of Claim states. “The Government of Canada has suffered the loss of use of the RCMP vehicle, special damages relating to the loss of the RCMP vehicle, and expenses relating to the fitting up a new vehicle for its replacement use for RCMP policing purposes.”

Canada is looking for general and specific damages as well as costs.

None of the allegations made in the Statement of Claim have been proven in court.

A Statement of Defense has not yet been filed by Lotay.

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