Innocent woman hurt when pickup hits her car

The RCMP is conducting an internal review of its role in yesterday’s early morning police chase that ended in a crash that left an innocent woman in critical condition.

The pursuit started in New Westminster around 2 a.m. after the driver of a pickup truck, believed to be impaired, failed to stop for police.

When the truck crossed the Patullo Bridge, Surrey RCMP picked up the chase.


As the truck crossed 100 Avenue at King George Highway it struck two parked vans and smashed into a moving car before going off the road, RCMP Insp. Derren Lench said in a release yesterday.

The male driver and female passenger of the truck tried to run but were caught. They are expected to face charges.

“The female driver and female passenger in the struck car were both injured,” Lench said. “The passenger (had) minor injuries, the driver is in critical condition.”

RCMP Sgt. Roger Morrow said police had given up on the pursuit by the time of the collision.

Mounties will be conducting a review to determine whether the officers in question complied with pursuit policy, which mandates officers to give up on a pursuit if there’s a danger to the public.

The New Westminster Police Service will be doing a similar review.

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