RCMP consultant involved in fatal crash

The RCMP say the driver believed to be involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident at the Surrey-Langley border was a civilian police consultant.

The driver is an experienced civilian witness and consultant used by law enforcement throughout the region, including the RCMP, said Sgt. Drew Grainger. Immediately prior to the crash, Grainger said the driver was working with the Surrey RCMP recreating another crash.

The Surrey RCMP is bringing in an independant observer for the investigation.

“We want that layer of transparency,” Grainger said, adding they are trying to determine the driving behaviour of the vehicle and what the victim was doing in the middle of the road.

The Surrey RCMP have located the semi truck believed to be involved in the incident, which left a 37-year-old man dead early Wednesday morning on the Langley Bypass.

Police say just after 3 a.m. on Wednesday the semi was travelling eastbound in the curb lane in the 19500-block of Langley Bypass when it struck the male pedestrian, who was in the roadway.

The man was pronounced dead at the scene and wasn’t identified by press time.

The police located the vehicle Wednesday, which was described as an older vehicle, blue with some silver on the back, with no trailer.

Police are still canvassing witnesses.