British Columbia

IIO to investigate fatal crash involving Const. Sarah Beckett

The independent civilian agency responsible for conducting investigations into serious police-related incidents is now involved in the investigation into the collision that killed Const. Sarah Beckett.

The 11-year veteran of the force was struck by a vehicle on April 5

RCMP Const. Sarah Beckett, shown here in a 2008 Facebook photo, was killed in a collision near Victoria, early in the morning of April 5. (Facebook )

The independent civilian agency responsible for conducting investigations into serious police-related incidents is now involved in the investigation into the collision that killed Const. Sarah Beckett.

In a statement released late Friday, the B.C. RCMP announced it had provided information to the Independent Investigation Office related "to an attempt by police to stop the suspect vehicle prior to the collision."

Beckett, 32, was travelling in a marked police car eastbound on Goldstream Road when her vehicle was struck by a pickup truck near the intersection of Peatt Road in the Victoria suburb of Langford, B.C., on April 5.

RCMP spokesman S/Sgt, Rob Vermeulen says the IIO will examine whether the actions or inactions of any police officer could have been a contributing factor to the crash.

Vermeulen says the IIO's investigation will be conducted in conjunction with the the RCMP Island District General Investigations Section and the Saanich Police Department's criminal investigation of the accident.

The regimental funeral for Const. Beckett on Tuesday drew thousands of people, including hundreds of Mounties. 

Beckett, an 11-year member of the force who spent her entire career on Vancouver Island, is survived by her husband and two young children.

RCMP Const. Sarah Beckett died after she was hit by a car in Victoria. (RCMP)

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