A White Rock RCMP officer is facing criminal charges in relation to a fatal car chase last year.
The charges are a result of an investigation done by Vancouver police at the RCMP's request.
"The results of the investigation allege that RCMP Const. David Bickle's actions and failure to follow the numerous federal and provincial guidelines regarding pursuit driving contributed to the death of a pedestrian," according to a VPD release.
The incident happened on May 18, 2011 just before 10 p.m. when Bickle tried to stop a vehicle near the waterfront on Marine Drive. He then allegedly continued to pursue the vehicle eastbound on Buena Vista, then northbound on Johnston Road.
The driver refused to stop, ultimately hitting a vehicle at the intersection of Thrift Avenue and Johnston. The driver then drove through the intersection against a red light and hit pedestrian Marilyn Laursen as she was crossing Johnston.
The suspect didn't stop, but continued driving northbound on Johnston.
Laursen, 56, was taken to Peace Arch Hospital but died of her injuries.
The driver, Kyle Danyliuk, was arrested and charged. He pled guilty to four charges in February and is scheduled to be sentenced next month.
The RCMP requested the investigation into the constable's actions immediately after the incident.
According to the VPD release, "At the time of the incident, Constable Bickle had served two years with the RCMP. White Rock was his only posting since graduating from Depot. He had been working alone the night of the collision, operating a marked police vehicle and working in full police uniform."
He now faces one count of dangerous driving causing death and bodily harm.
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