IIO is Investigating a Motor Vehicle Incident in Fort St. John (2022-037)

Case: 2022-037 Incident Date: March 8, 2022 Location: Fort St. John Detachment: Fort St. John Agency: RCMP Incident Classification: Death Case Status: Open - Investigation in Progress

INFORMATION BULLETIN
Independent Investigations Office
For Immediate Release

Surrey, B.C. – The Independent Investigations Office (IIO) of BC is investigating a motor vehicle incident in Fort St. John.

Information reported by the RCMP states that at approximately 7:00 p.m. on March 8, 2022, police received a call concerned for a woman’s wellbeing as she was alleged to be intoxicated and in distress while driving a red Dodge Journey northbound on Highway 97. Officers located the woman at a gas station in the 16900-block of Highway 97 before she drove away heading southbound on Highway 97. It is reported that police briefly attempted to stop the vehicle without success.

A short time later, the Dodge was found to have left the road. Despite life-saving efforts, the woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

The IIO was notified of the incident shortly after it occurred and has commenced an investigation to determine what role, if any, police actions or inactions played in the woman’s death. The BC Coroners Service is also conducting an independent investigation to determine the circumstances of the death.

The IIO is asking any person with relevant information 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.

Background

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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