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The family of a pregnant woman, killed during a collision with an unmarked police car, gathered at the Richmond RCMP detachment yesterday to look for answers.
Emmanuella Cauchon, 33, a mother of two young children who was pregnant with her third child, died Sunday after a collision with an RCMP cruiser at No. 6 and Cambie roads.
Family members said Cauchon was a good driver, but police said she ran a red light.
"It’s not a blame thing," said Cauchon’s stepbrother Jason Giroux. "Two people are gone in one shot. It’s a big hole.
"People want closure right away and sometimes it’s hard to be patient when you’re grieving."
Jessy Marceau, Cauchon’s partner and father of her unborn child, was also at the detachment yesterday. The pair had moved to Richmond from Quebec City in October. Cauchon has two sons, ages 5 and 8.
"It’s tough, it’s tough," said Marceau, his eyes full of tears.
RCMP maintain that the officer, who received minor leg, neck and back injuries in the accident, had a green light and said Cauchon crashed into the passenger side of his cruiser.
Cauchon was not wearing her seatbelt and — according to a witness prior to the crash — was driving too fast, said RCMP Cpl. Nycki Basra.
Cauchon and the officer were the only people who witnessed the actual collision, RCMP said.