06/21/2013 10:57 EDT | Updated 08/21/2013 05:12 EDT

Salmon Arm Police Chase Death Probed By Watchdog

SALMON ARM, B.C. - A driver has been killed after a brief police chase in Salmon Arm, B.C., and the province's independent police watchdog is investigating

A release from the Independent Investigations Office says an unnamed driver died early Friday after fleeing as RCMP were about to conduct a routine traffic stop in that Shuswap-area city.

The IIO says RCMP report the officer began a pursuit but the chase was called off.

Minutes later the suspect vehicle collided with a truck, killing the driver of the fleeing car.

The crash happened shortly after 12:15 a.m., and the IIO says it was notified at 12:30 a.m., and immediately arranged for a team, including an accident reconstructionist, to travel to the scene.

Independent investigators probe all police-involved incidents of death or serious injury in British Columbia.

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