Independent Investigations Office
For Immediate Release
June 24, 2013
SURREY – The Independent Investigations Office (IIO) is providing updated information on its recent investigation involving the Victoria Police Department.
According to the Victoria Police Department, at 2:38 a.m. on June 15, 2013, an officer observed a vehicle travelling at a high rate of speed. The officer reportedly activated his emergency equipment and attempted to initiate a traffic stop. The vehicle fled. According to the Victoria Police Department, the officer terminated his attempt to stop the vehicle. Approximately 30 seconds later, the vehicle struck a lamp standard at the intersection of Blanshard and Cloverdale in Saanich. The adult male driver did not survive the injuries he sustained in the crash.
His identity has been released to the public by the BC Coroners Service as 29 year-old Darcy David Cole, of Victoria.
The IIO and the Victoria Police Department continue to work within the terms agreed upon in the Memorandum of Understanding that was signed by the Chief Civilian Director and B.C.’s police services in July 2012. As set by the Chief Civilian Director, the IIO’s goals are to conduct fair, unbiased, timely, thorough and competent investigations, and ensure transparency through public reporting.
The IIO investigation into this incident is ongoing. Please note that no further information is available at this time.