Two people are dead and B.C.’s police watchdog is investigating following a police pursuit that ended in a horrific crash.
Abbotsford police say the incident began at around 3 p.m. Sunday.
Officers spotted an allegedly stolen vehicle, a 1991 White Acura Integra. near Livingston Avenue and Maclure Road.
They lost sight of the car not long after so no attempts to stop the vehicle were not made.
A little over an hour later, officers relocated it in the area of Hillcrest Avenue and Emerson Street.
“Contact was made between police vehicles and the stolen vehicle and based on information that the vehicle was involved in a recent violent crime in another jurisdiction, a decision to enter a police pursuit was authorized,” said Sgt. Paul Walker of the Abbotsford Police Department in a news release.
Police have not provided details on what crime was or where it happened.
During the police pursuit, the alleged stolen vehicle lost control, crashing on Maclure Road near Clearbrook Road.
“No other civilians or civilian cars were involved in the collision,” wrote Walker.
The woman in the passenger seat of the Acura died on scene.
The driver was taken to hospital, but he later died as well.
The crumpled Acura was barely recognizable as it was towed away from the scene covered by a blue tarp.
A police vehicle was also taken away on a tow truck.
The AbbyPD Major Crime Unit and Integrated Collision Analysis Reconstruction Service are investigating.
Because officers were involved in the moments leading up to the crash, the Independent Investigations Office of B.C. is now investigating too.
Anyone in the area at the time of the crash who may have dashcam video or information is asked to contact the Abbotsford Police Department at 604-859-5225.