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Watchdog not investigating Burnaby police crash that sent two to hospital

Burnaby RCMP will investigate the crash involving a police SUV that collided with a car and then hit a building Wednesday.
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A police-involved crash that sent a Burnaby Mountie and a civilian to hospital Wednesday won’t be investigated by the province’s police watchdog, according to Burnaby RCMP.

Police were responding to reports of a domestic dispute near Boundary Road and Hastings Street at around 4:30 p.m., when an officer in an unmarked police vehicle with lights and sirens activated collided with a civilian sedan near Boundary Road and Parker Street, according to statements from the detachment.

The crash sent the police vehicle over a curb and into the corner of a commercial building, police said.

“The officer was taken to hospital. His injuries were first believed to be serious but non-life-threatening. However, he has since been released from the hospital and is expected to make a full recovery,” read an emailed statement Thursday.

The other driver stayed on scene, according to police.

She was also transported to hospital, but her injuries were not believed to be serious, police said.

Collisions involving police vehicles may be investigated by different agencies depending on the circumstances, severity and other factors, according to the RCMP.

The detachment said this incident didn’t “meet the threshold” to involve the Independent Investigations Office, a civilian-led police oversight agency responsible for conducting investigations into incidents of death or serious harm that may have been the result of the actions or inactions of a police officer.

“Burnaby RCMP is in possession of videos from the area showing the collision, and the investigation is currently being managed by the Burnaby RCMP,” read an emailed statement.

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