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Marcus Larabie Death: No Charge For Abbotsford Cop Involved In Teen's Death

11/18/2015 03:48 EST | Updated 11/19/2015 12:59 EST

ABBOTSFORD, B.C. — No charges will be laid against an Abbotsford, B.C., police officer was driving his personal vehicle when struck a 14-year-old boy, killing him.

The Criminal Justice Branch says the off-duty officer was driving home on the evening of Dec. 26, 2014, when a skateboarder entered an intersection on a red light and landed on the off-duty officer's windshield.

Marcus Larabie was thrown from the vehicle and died in hospital several hours later.

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Marcus Larabie, 14, died on Boxing Day in 2014 when he was hit by a car driven bu an off-duty Abbotsford cop.

The branch says the officer reported he did not see the teen, who was wearing dark clothing and wasn't wearing a helmet, and that occupants in a nearby vehicle reported the skateboarder was very hard to see.

The branch says Larabie had travelled across three lanes and was partway through a southbound curb lane when he was hit and the officer tried to brake at the last minute.

The Independent Investigations Office, which investigates police-involved deaths and serious injuries, initially said the officer may have committed an offence though the branch says there wasn't enough evidence to support a careless driving conviction.

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