B.C.’s independent police watchdog says it has cleared the Campbell River RCMP of wrongdoing after a woman died in an early morning crash in July.
The crash occurred on July 31 along the Island Highway.
Mounties first received a report of a grey Subaru Outback being driven erratically on the highway heading north near Perkins Road around 5:30 a.m.
Then, at 6 a.m., police received another call – this time about a car leaving the road and crashing into a forested area.
When officers arrived at the crash site, they determined the vehicle was the same Subaru Outback that was reported earlier that morning.
The driver, a woman, was also pronounced dead at the scene.
The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. now says that, after reviewing the evidence – including statements from witnesses, vehicle data, and other police information – that no officers committed any offenses.
“Based on the available evidence, police actions could not have prevented this tragic death,” said the IIO in a release Friday.
The IIO is called whenever police are involved in an incident that results in serious harm or death, regardless of if there have been any claims of wrongdoing.