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White Rock RCMP officer charged for fatal high speed pursuit

08/27/2012 05:11 EDT | Updated 10/27/2012 05:12 EDT
A White Rock RCMP officer has been charged with dangerous driving causing death and bodily harm following a high speed chase that resulted in the death of a pedestrian in May 2011.

The charges were laid following an external investigation by the Vancouver Police Department, which alleges Const. David Bickle failed to follow numerous federal and provincial guidelines regarding pursuits.

On May 18, 2011 Bickle attempted to stop a vehicle on Marine Drive, but the driver refused to stop and eventually collided with another vehicle at the intersection of Thrift Avenue and Johnson Road.

The driver then accelerated through the intersection on a red light, striking and killing pedestrian Marilyn Laursen, 56.

The driver, Dyle Danyliuk, was arrested, charged and pleaded guilty to four charges. He scheduled to be sentenced in September.

After the incident, the RCMP asked the VPD to investigate the actions of Const. Bickle, a two-year member of the force, who was working alone that night. White Rock was Bickle's first posting.

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