VICTORIA — Crowds of people lined the streets to offer their support and condolences as officers from police departments across southern Vancouver Island solemnly escorted the body of one of their own.
Const. Sarah Beckett, an 11-year member of the West Shore RCMP, was killed in a two-vehicle crash in Langford early Tuesday.
Thursday's motorcade wound its way from the Victoria General Hospital to the Victoria airport, at one point driving beneath a large Canadian flag hung between the extended ladders of two fire trucks.
Other emergency personnel were on hand to pay their respects, including representatives from BC Ambulance Service, BC Sheriff Services and various fire departments.
RCMP spokeswoman Cpl. Janelle Shoihet says police are conducting a criminal investigation, and Saanich police have confirmed they are responsible for looking into the crash that killed Beckett.
The other driver involved in the collision was taken into custody on Tuesday but was released a day later without charges.
The Canadian Press