Collisions between Vancouver police vehicles and cyclists: charges to be considered

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      An independent police watchdog agency has filed a report about a collision between a police vehicle and a cyclist in the Oakridge area of Vancouver last year that resulted in serious injuries.

      The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. (IIO), a civilian oversight agency that investigates all police incidents resulting in harm or death, announced on May 9 that it completed and submitted a report to the B.C. Prosecution Service about an incident that took place on May 18, 2018.

      The Vancouver Police Department (VPD) reported that around 10 p.m. on that date, a police vehicle and a female cyclist collided at the intersection of West 46th Avenue and Oak Street in Vancouver.

      The cyclist, who was initially believed to have sustained only minor injuries, was taken to hospital.

      However, according to the IIO, the Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner of British Columbia informed the IIO on May 1 of this year that the injury constituted “serious harm”.

      The IIO chief civilian director has submitted his report to the Crown for charges to be considered.

      Last month, the IIO filed two separate reports for charges to be considered in two other cases involving police vehicle collisions with cyclists.

      In one case, the VPD reported that around 2 a.m. on September 12, 2018, officers in an unmarked vehicle followed a male suspect who was cycling along Hamilton Street.

      During the police interaction with the male suspect, he fell from his bike and was seriously injured.

      On April 4 of this year, the IIO filed a report for charges to be considered in this case.

      In one case, the VPD reported that around 9:38 a.m. on July 29, 2018, a cyclist was seriously injured in a collision with a police vehicle at Burrard Street and Pacific Boulevard.

      On April 24 of this year, the IIO announced that the IIO chief civilian director submitted a report to the B.C. Prosecution Service for charges to be considered in this incident that took place in Vancouver’s West End.

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