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B.C.'s police watchdog forwards case to Crown in death of Penticton boy

FILE PHOTO - A memorial to James Christian Macintosh, 5, at the intersection of Highway 97 and Green Mountain road where he was killed on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015.
August 11, 2016 - 12:04 PM

PENTICTON - Crown lawyers must decide if charges should be laid against a Penticton RCMP officer involved in a collision that killed a young boy in the Okanagan city last September.

The chief civilian director of British Columbia's Independent Investigations Office has forwarded paperwork to the Crown following a nearly year-long review.

Five-year-old James McIntosh died on Sept. 15, 2015, as he rode his bike across the busy intersection of Highway 97 and Green Mountain Road with his father and brother by his side.

McIntosh was hit by a pickup truck driven by the off-duty RCMP officer who was making a right turn through the crosswalk.

The director does not make a recommendation on whether charges should be approved.

Instead, the IIO report is sent to Crown to consider if an officer may have committed an offence.

-The photo caption was changed on Aug. 13, 2016, to correct the year of McIntosh's death.

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