The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. (IIO) has closed its file on a Richmond collision involving an unmarked police car, after determining no one was seriously harmed.
The IIO, an independent civilian watchdog of police in B.C., investigates – regardless of whether or not there is any allegation of wrongdoing – all incidents involving police officers that result in either serious harm or death.
The Richmond News reported how, on Thursday, a collision involving an unmarked police car and two other cars shut down the intersection at Francis and Gilbert roads until further notice.
According to the IIO, which carried out its investigation overnight, none of occupants of the vehicles involved in the crash “have injuries meeting the threshold for serious harm.”
“Therefore, the IIO has concluded its involvement in this matter,” reads a statement from the organization.
At around 7:35 a.m. Thursday morning, according to that statement, Richmond RCMP received a report of from an officer that, while attempting to close the distance of with a car they were following, with emergency lights on, that vehicle collided with another car at the intersection of Francis and Gilbert roads.
The officer’s unmarked police car “went off the road nearby, but was not involved in the collision,” according to the IIO statement.
After the collision, the car that the police officer had been following went off the road, struck a light post and fence before coming to rest on its roof on a grassy embankment next to the road.
No one had injuries that met the IIO’s threshold for “serious harm,” so the IIO is no longer involved.