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Witnesses wanted in police cruiser crash that injured woman

Paramedics help a woman following a June 3 collision between her vehicle and an RCMP cruiser south of Duncan. - Andrew Leong/file
Paramedics help a woman following a June 3 collision between her vehicle and an RCMP cruiser south of Duncan.
— image credit: Andrew Leong/file

Saanich police crash analysts are looking for a witness to come forward to aid their ongoing external review of a North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP-involved car crash.

Saanich police Sgt. Dean Jantzen said that multiple witness accounts have placed either a black Jeep or SUV at the scene of the crash when it happened, but officers have not spoken to the occupants of that vehicle.

"We have witnesses for just before and just after the crash. We don't have a witness to the collision other than the two drivers (who were involved)," he said.

The crash happened around 7 p.m. on Sunday June 3, when a woman made a left turn from the northbound lane of the Trans-Canada Highway at Miller Road. Her car collided with the southbound marked police vehicle.

Police believe the black Jeep or SUV was in the left turn lane behind the female driver.

"It's impossible for these people to not see the collision," Jantzen added.

An RCMP policy relating to police-involved incidents that result in injury or death requires that an external investigation be conducted by an outside police department. The woman in the incident was injured.

He said detectives have conducted a number of interviews, and are currently waiting to analyze data from the police cruiser's engine control module (the onboard computer).

Police are asking the driver or occupants of that vehicle to call investigators at 250-475-4321.

Meanwhile, Mainroad Contracting is advising the public about a 15-minute partial closure of the highway  on Thursday, June 14, to allow for further police investigation.

Mainroad states all southbound lanes, the northbound fast lane and the turning lane on Trans-Canada Highway at Miller Road will be affected between 6:30pm to 7:30 p.m.

— Kyle Slavin, Saanich News

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