IIO is Investigating a Motor Vehicle Incident in Comox (2023-035)

Case: 2023-035 Incident Date: February 12, 2023 Detachment: Comox Valley Location: Comox Valley Agency: RCMP Incident Classification: Serious Harm Case Status: Closed - Without Public Report

Independent Investigations Office
For Immediate Release

Surrey, B.C. — The Independent Investigations Office (IIO) of BC is investigating a motor vehicle incident in Comox that resulted in one man sustaining serious injuries.

Information provided by the RCMP states that at about 1:00 a.m. on February 12, 2023, police at the scene of a motor vehicle collision just off Bates Road near Seal Bay Provincial Park noted a BMW that reportedly slowed and turned around upon seeing the police vehicles blocking the road.

One officer who observed this got into their vehicle and drove in the direction the BMW had gone.

The BMW was subsequently involved in a single vehicle collision a short distance away. The male driver sustained serious but not life-threatening injuries in the collision.

The IIO has commenced an investigation, and initial investigative steps will seek to confirm the actions of police after the BMW left the area, and whether there is any connection between police actions and the subsequent collision.

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


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.


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