The BC Prosecution Service (BCPS) has determined no charges should be laid against a Westshore RCMP officer in connection with the fatal motor vehicle incident in which Cst. Sarah Beckett was killed.
On Tuesday, April 5, 2016, Cst. Beckett was killed when her cruiser was hit by a truck at the intersection of Peatt Road and Goldstream Ave. The driver, Kenneth Jacob Fenton, pleaded guilty to impaired driving causing death and dangerous driving causing death.
Fenton is expected to be sentenced on Friday.
Prior to the collision, another RCMP officer (the subject of this investigation) attempted to pull over Fenton’s vehicle.
Within seconds of the officer’s attempt to stop Fenton’s pickup truck, the vehicle collided with Cst. Beckett’s marked RCMP police cruiser.
Cst. Beckett died of injuries sustained in the collision.
“Evidence does not meet the charge assessment standard”
The Independent Investigations Office (IIO) investigated the incident, then sent a report to the BC Prosecution Service.
“In this case, the BCPS has concluded that the available evidence does not meet the charge assessment standard for approval of any charges against the police officer in connection with the incident,” the BCPS said in a statement.
More details explaining the reasons for not approving charges will be released following the conclusion of Fenton’s court case.