BC RCMP notifies IIO BC of Surrey incident

THE BC RCMP has notified the Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia (IIO BC) of an incident in Surrey that resulted in serious injury to one person.

Just after 1:30 p.m. on March 16, Surrey RCMP officers were called to a collision at the intersection of 100 Avenue and 148 Street involving an unmarked police vehicle being operated by an officer from the Lower Mainland Integrated Emergency Response Team and two civilian vehicles.

The police officer and the driver of one of the civilian vehicles were treated at the scene by paramedics for minor injuries. The driver of the second civilian vehicle was transported to a local area hospital by BC Emergency Health Services with what are believed to be serious injuries.

According to the IIO BC, a black unmarked Emergency Response Team (ERT) pickup truck was travelling eastbound on 100 Avenue. At the intersection with 148 Street, there was a collision involving the ERT truck, a grey Honda sedan and a white BMW SUV. The sole occupant of the Honda was taken to a local hospital with serious injuries.

The IIO BC and the Surrey RCMP with assistance from the Lower Mainland Integrated Collision Analyst and Reconstructionist Services (ICARS) are conducting concurrent investigations into the circumstances around the collision.  Witnesses or those with dash-cam or other video of the incident are asked to contact the IIO BC. IIO BC is investigating to determine whether police actions are linked to the person’s injuries.

The IIO is asking any person with relevant information or dashcam footage of the incident to contact the Witness Line toll-free at 1-855-446-8477 or via the contact form on the iiobc.ca website.