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Woman, 21, fleeing police stop dies in dump truck crash

06/24/2013 08:49 EDT | Updated 08/24/2013 05:12 EDT
B.C.'s police watchdog is investigating after a 21-year-old woman died while fleeing an RCMP traffic stop in Salmon Arm on Friday.

On Monday, the B.C. Coroners Service identified the woman as Courtenay Brianne Eggen of Cherryville, B.C.

Independent Investigations Office spokesman Owen Court said a Salmon Arm RCMP officer attempted to stop Eggen early Friday morning at 12:15 a.m. PT as she allegedly sped down Auto Road SE.

Court said the RCMP officer went after her briefly, before ending the pursuit.

"Initial information indicated that the vehicle stopped, then subsequently fled once the officer approached," Court said in a written statement. "It has since been clarified that the vehicle did not stop at any point; rather it fled immediately when the officer attempted to stop it."

Eggen then apparently lost control of her car and crashed into a dump truck parked off the road in a lot. She died from severe injuries suffered in the crash.

The Coroners Service said the incident happened just before midnight on Thursday, which differs from the statement issued by the IIO.

The IIO investigates incidents linked to death or serious injury that involve or potentially involve the RCMP or municipal police departments in B.C.

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