Independent Investigations Office
For Immediate Release
Surrey, B.C. – The Independent Investigations Office (IIO) of BC has reached a decision in its investigation of file 2023-341 related to the serious harm of one man sustained during a motor vehicle incident involving a tractor in Surrey.
At approximately 1:20 p.m. on November 25, 2023, members of the BC Highway Patrol attempted to conduct a traffic stop of a farm tractor travelling westbound on Highway 1 approaching the 176th Street exit.
As a result of the interactions between the police vehicles and the tractor, the vehicles were located on Hwy 17 when a collision occurred.
The tractor rolled over, and male driver of the tractor was ejected from the vehicle. The driver sustained a serious injury and was transported to a local hospital for treatment.
The Chief Civilian Director has reviewed the evidence – civilian witness statements, forensic scene analysis, video footage, medical records, and police information – and determined that there are no reasonable grounds to believe any officer may have committed an offence.
Due to concurrent court proceedings related to the incident, the IIO’s public report will not be released on the IIO website until that process has concluded.
The IIO investigation is now 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.