No charges laid against officer in crash that killed B.C. Mountie

By The Canadian Press
July 11, 2017 - 3:20pm Updated: July 11, 2017 - 6:31pm

VICTORIA — No charges will be laid against an RCMP officer who tried to stop a pickup truck moments before it crashed into a marked police car in suburban Victoria, killing another Mountie.

British Columbia’s prosecution service says there is not enough evidence to approve charges against the officer, who has not been named.

Const. Sarah Beckett was killed on April 5, 2016, when a truck driven by Kenneth Fenton sped through an intersection in Langford, B.C., and smashed into her cruiser.

The prosecution service says another officer tried to stop the tuck seconds before the fatal collision.

The Independent Investigations Office looked into the crash, focusing on the actions of the other officer, and determined the officer may have committed an offence.

The police watchdog submitted a report to Crown counsel, but did not make a recommendation on whether charges should be approved.

The prosecution service says detailed reasons for why charges have not been approved will be made public following court proceedings.

Fenton has pleaded guilty to impaired and dangerous driving causing death and is expected to be sentenced on Friday.

14,000 remain evacuated as wildfires burn across B.C.

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