Independent Investigations Office
For Immediate Release
Surrey, B.C. – The Independent Investigations Office (IIO) of B.C. has concluded its investigation into a February 2022 motor vehicle incident in Whistler.
Shortly before 7:00 am on February 21, 2022, an off-duty member of the Pemberton RCMP driving northbound was involved in a collision with a southbound Chevrolet Tahoe on Highway 99 west of the Soo River Forest Service Road. The driver and sole occupant of the Tahoe suffered serious, life-altering injuries. The officer sustained minor injuries.
The IIO investigated to determine what role, if any, the officer’s action or inaction may have played in the collision.
The IIO’s Chief Civilian Director (CCD) has reviewed medical records, witness statements, crash data and collision reconstruction analysis. Based on this evidence, the CCD has determined that the driver of the Tahoe crossed entirely from his southbound lane into the northbound lane. The officer was completely within his own lane of travel and not responsible for the collision or the resulting injuries of the other driver.
The IIO’s investigation into this matter is therefore concluded.
The IIO is the independent civilian oversight agency of the police in British Columbia. It investigates all officer-related incidents that result in serious harm or death, whether or not there is any allegation of wrongdoing.