EDMONTON — Alberta's police watchdog is investigating whether a brief encounter with police contributed to a three-vehicle crash that killed two people.
The collision happened early Sunday morning at a major intersection in northeast Edmonton.
The Alberta Serious Incident Response Team (ASIRT) says an officer had tried to follow a Chevrolet but it sped off.
The agency says the officer attempted to catch up to the vehicle but called off the chase over concerns for public safety.
Five minutes after police first spotted the Chevrolet, the vehicle crashed into two other cars.
A 29-year-old man and 23-year-old woman in the back of the Chevrolet died at the scene. The driver, a 25-year-old man, and a 23-year-old woman riding in the front passenger seat are in hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.
ASIRT says people in the other two vehicles were not injured.
Edmonton police are investigating possible criminal charges against the driver while ASIRT examines police conduct in the case.
"ASIRT's investigation is focusing on the circumstances surrounding the initial police interaction with the vehicle and criminal flight response to determine what influence, if any, it had on the subsequent collision,'' the agency says in a release.
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