WATCH: We’re learning more about the truck involved in a fatal crash. Tess van Straaten reports.
As the police investigation continues into this deadly RCMP crash, there’s been a lot of speculation about who was driving this truck.
We went to where the truck’s owner lived with his girlfriend and young child. He moved out recently and still visits them.
No one came to the door but the upstairs neighbour said he had a sinking feeling as soon as he saw the first news reports on Tuesday. He immediately recognized the truck that killed West Shore RCMP officer Sarah Beckett and says it’s the truck his former tenant drives.
“I aw that picture and I kinda zoomed in on it a little bit and I just said, holy, you know, I knew right away,” says Lucas, whose last name we’ve not using based on legal advice to protect the integrity of the case. “As soon as I seen that photo, I just fell in a deep silence for a couple minutes.”
CHEK News learned the identity of the suspect a few hours after the crash but we decided not to make the name public because the suspect hasn’t been charged.
“You wouldn’t release a name if there are no charges because a person is considered innocent under our system so it’s important not to vilify him,” cautions defence lawyer Chris Considine.
Legal experts say releasing a name before due process is followed can lead to a wide range of issues from vigilantism to problems at trial.
“If you start to give out information which may or may not be accurate you could definitely poison a jury pool and that could cause the trial having to be moved to Vancouver, which again would be unfortunate for the community,” Considine says.
When and if chargers are laid, they could range from the very serious criminal code offences of criminal negligence causing death, dangerous driving causing death or impaired driving causing death to lesser motor vehicle act offences.
RCMP say the case is on-going and investigators will take the time they need to make their case.