This article was last updated on April 16, 2022
Independent Investigations Office of B.C. has confirmed in a statement that the 14-year-old boy struck by the car of an off-duty Abbotsford Police officer yesterday has passed away. The incident took place at the intersection of Bourquin Crescent West and Mill Lake Road at around 6:15 p.m., when the off-duty officer was driving 2009 Mazda 3. Abbotsford police confirmed that the officer remained on the scene as emergency crews arrived and took the boy to hospital.
The official statement issued from the IIO assured on Saturday that IIO investigators visited the scene immediately after the accident and worked overnight to identify and interview potential witnesses. The statement added that officers also canvassed the area for video surveillance and seized physical evidence from the scene. It said that forensic and traffic specialists are trying their best to reconstruct what led to the crash, while investigators continue to investigate witnesses.
However, IIO spokesperson, Kellie Kilpatrick, refused to confirm or deny whether the officer took a breathalyzer test at the scene, explaining that the investigation is ongoing and the officer has rights. In an emailed response on Saturday, Kilpatrick stated that “it is important to remember that the involved officer has all of the rights under the Charter as would you or I. What I can say is that (the Abbotsford Police Department) is co-operating fully with our investigation.” Investigators have urged all witnesses to come forward, while also refusing to name the killed teenager. The cause of death is under investigation by the BC Coroners Service.