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Saanich police to investigate crash involving RCMP cruiser

Jun 06 2012

Saanich police are investigating a crash involving a North Cowichan-Duncan RCMP cruiser that sent a 23-year-old woman to hospital Sunday evening.

The police car was on the Trans-Canada Highway heading to a domestic dispute call when it collided with a Hyundai making a left-hand turn onto Miller Road.

Both cars were badly damaged.

The driver of the Hyundai was taken to hospital with minor head injuries. Doctors were worried she might have a concussion and kept her in hospital for two nights for observation.

The officer, who has been a Mountie for 2 1 /2 years, suffered minor injuries.

Police have not yet determined how fast either car was going or whether the cruiser was using its emergency lights, said Saanich police spokesman Sgt. Dean Jantzen.

RCMP South Island traffic reconstructionists have handed over their evidence to Saanich police, which have two major crime investigators, a forensic investigator and crash analysts working on the file.

The RCMP in 2010 adopted a policy requiring an independent agency to investigate when someone is injured in an incident with RCMP.

Saanich police also investigated an earlier crash involving a Duncan RCMP cruiser.

Patti Daniels, a 30yearold mother, was killed in June 2010 when her car was hit from behind by a North Cowichan-Duncan cruiser en route to a call.

The officer was exonerated of wrong-doing.

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