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B.C.'s police watchdog offers new details about investigation into Kelowna death

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July 28, 2020 - 3:39 PM

B.C.'s police watchdog is investigating the death of a man whose body was found in the aftermath of a July 25 car crash. 

"Information provided by the RCMP indicates that on July 25, 2020 at approximately 1:40 a.m., officers attended a motor vehicle incident at the intersection of Richter Street and Clement Avenue," the Independent Investigations Office of B.C. said in a press release. 

"Both vehicles were towed away and one man, the affected person in this case, departed on foot."

The man is described as approximately five-foot-nine, of average build, and was wearing long black pants, a black tank top, a three-quarter length black leather jacket and light blue running shoes.

Later that morning at approximately 7:35 a.m., the man was found deceased.

"The IIO will investigate to determine what role, if any, the officers’ actions or inaction may have played in the death of the man," the statement reads.  "The BC Coroners Service is also conducting an independent investigation to determine how, where, when and by what means he came to his death."

Any person who saw, heard, or has video of the motor vehicle incident, or saw the man walking after the incident between 1:40 a.m. an 7:35 a.m., is being asked to call the oversight agency.

The IIO is the independent civilian oversight agency of the police in British Columbia. It investigates all officer-related incidents that result in serious harm or death, whether or not there is any allegation of wrongdoing.

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