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Independent investigators at scene of Salmon Arm car crash

June 21, 2013 - 8:32 AM

UPDATE: 11:08 a.m. June 21

Investigators are remaining tight-lipped about why police stopped a female driver in the first place, before she fled, crashed into another vehicle and died.

An initial release from the Independent Investigations Office indicated the victim was a man, but the office has since clarified that, noting it was an adult woman who was in the car.

Kellie Kilpatrick, with the office, says she can't comment on the events that led up to the traffic stop. "(Investigators) will be asking these types of questions as part of the investigation," she said in a statement sent to InfoTel News.

She says it is too early to tell how long the investigation will take, but teams are on site at Auto Road, near the industrial park in Salmon Arm.

A portion of Auto Road remains closed off while investigators examine the scene.

8:32 a.m. June 21

DRIVER FLEES POLICE, CRASHES INTO TRUCK, DIES IN COLLISION

Investigators from the Independent Investigations Office have been sent to the scene of a fatal car crash in Salmon Arm.

According to the RCMP, on June 21, around 12:15 a.m., police in Salmon Arm were conducting a traffic stop on a vehicle and driver. Initially the vehicle stopped, however when the officer approached, the vehicle reportedly fled. A pursuit was initiated but was subsequently terminated. Shortly thereafter, the subject vehicle collided with a truck that was in the area. The driver of the subject vehicle did not survive his injuries.

The investigations office was notified at 12:30 a.m., and deployed investigators immediately, including the Level 4 Traffic Reconstructionist.

The investigations office says its goals are to "conduct fair, unbiased, timely, thorough and competent investigations, and ensure transparency through public reporting."

Due to the preliminary stage of the investigation, no additional information is available at the present time.

To contact the reporter for this story, email Charlotte Helston at chelston@infotelnews.ca or call (250) 309-5230. Follow on Twitter @charhelston

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