WATCH: It has taken five months, but a suspect has now been charged in the death of West Shore RCMP Constable Sarah Beckett. April Lawrence reports.
It was an horrific crash that left 32-year-old Constable Sarah Beckett dead.
Her RCMP cruiser was struck by a pickup truck in the intersection of Peatt Road and Goldstream Avenue early in the morning April 5, 2016.
“The truck came flying by underneath my deck at a pretty high rate of speed and it was just enough for me to sit up and go wow,” said witness Jordan Coons at the scene.
After five months of investigation, 28-year-old Kenneth Jacob Fenton has now been charged in Beckett’s death.
Fenton is facing five charges including impaired driving causing death, dangerous driving causing death, and failing to stop while being pursued by a police officer.
“The charge assessment process is a complicated one, the length of the time it takes to complete the charge assessment is often determined by the complexity and volume of the material that was gathered, that was certainly the case in this instance,” said Crown Counsel spokesperson Dan McLaughlin.
The Independent Investigation Office (IIO) is conducting its own investigation of the crash to see if police actions played any part in the tragic outcome.
Then in May, police looked into whether Jake Fenton was one of two people in a speeding vehicle that fled from police outside Victoria, crashing into a ditch and seriously injuring both occupants inside.
RCMP still haven’t confirmed if Fenton was involved in that crash.
Beckett, who had only recently returned from maternity leave when she was killed, received a full RCMP regimental funeral.
The impact of her death on an entire community evident in the thousands who came out to pay their respects at her funeral procession.
Then, in July, the unveiling of a plaque outside the West Shore RCMP detachment.
Beckett’s young sons were in attendance as family, friends, and colleagues payed tribute to the 11-year veteran of the force.
On Wednesday, fresh flowers were visible at the memorial, a sombre reminder of a life taken too soon.
Now, the fate of the man alleged to have taken that life, is in the hands of the justice system.
Kenneth Jacob Fenton will make his first appearance in Colwood Provincial Court, but a date hasn’t yet been set.