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Independent Investigation Office forwards report on Langley collision to Crown Counsel

The Independent Investigations Office (IIO) has sent a report to Crown Counsel in connection to an unmarked RCMP cruiser hitting a vehicle, seriously injuring one person.

IIO Chief Civilian Director Richard Rosenthal made the decision to forward the report to Crown to decide if charges should be laid in the crash that saw four people injured.

According to the RCMP, on June 23, 2013, at approximately 2:01 a.m., officers in Langley were responding to a complaint and were travelling southbound on 200 Street.

The unmarked police vehicle collided with a civilian vehicle that reportedly pulled out of Brydon Crescent, just north of 53 Avenue in Langley City.

The driver of the civilian vehicle suffered serious injuries and was transported to hospital.

Two passengers as well as an RCMP officer were also taken to hospital with injuries.

The IIO was notified at 2:53 a.m. and four IIO investigators were called in.

The 35-year-old driver remained in hospital with serious injuries. But his 33-year-old passenger was released from hospital a short time after the crash.

The officer involved was also treated in hospital and released.

The Chief Civilian Director does not make a recommendation on whether charges should be approved or what charges Crown Counsel should consider.

In approving charges, the Criminal Justice Branch must be satisfied not only that an offence may have been committed, but that the commission of an offence can be proven in court beyond a reasonable doubt.

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