WATCH: Officials say a man found injured in a vehicle rollover near Shawnigan Lake Sunday morning is linked to the crash that killed West Shore RCMP Constable Sarah Beckett. April Lawrence reports.
Emergency crews were called to a single-vehicle rollover crash at 12:50 a.m. Sunday on Goldstream Heights Drive near Findlayson View Place, close to Shawnigan Lake.
Malahat Fire Chief Rob Patterson has seen a lot of carnage on the roads over the years but he said this crash was particularly violent.
“The truck was airborne for about 50, 60 feet until it landed in the place where we found it,” Patterson said.
“Looking at the marks on the road they were traveling at terminal velocity, there is no doubt in my mind,” he said.
Incredibly, neither of the truck’s two occupants were killed — a woman was treated by paramedics, while Patterson and his crew worked to remove an injured man from the vehicle.
“He had his eyes open, couldn’t really focus, couldn’t answer questions appropriately,” he said.
Police at the scene later told Patterson the same man had been linked to the investigation into Constable Sarah Beckett’s death.
Beckett was killed in Langford on April 5, 2016 when her RCMP cruiser was hit by a truck.
Patterson said because neither occupant in Sunday’s crash was wearing a seat belt he couldn’t tell who was driving, but he said the truck was going extremely fast when it hit the curve.
“It’s a miracle they managed to survive at all.”
The crash is now in the hands of B.C.’s independent police watchdog.
A spokesperson said West Shore RCMP had attempted to stop the vehicle prior to the crash to perform a road check, but the truck failed to stop.
It was found rolled over in the ditch a short time later.
Police aren’t saying if alcohol was a factor.
“We did not smell alcohol, there was alcohol in the cab, there was a case of cab but there was no open alcohol in the cab that we found,” said Patterson.
Officers with the Independent Investigations Office will now try to determine if the actions or inactions of police led to the crash.
Police won’t comment on a possible connection between this investigation and the death of Cst. Sarah Beckett.
Nobody has been charged in connection with Beckett’s death but Saanich Police have now finished their part of the investigation.
They were looking at the dynamics of the crash, and their crash analyst report has now been sent to the RCMP.