A Friday night crash in St John’s that claimed the life of a young woman has become somewhat complicated.
It now appears that the RNC flashed its lights for one of the vehicles to stop just seconds before it collided with an SUV, killing the woman. However, the RNC would not say if there was a pursuit, as that is part of a larger investigation.
Police did say an officer attempted to stop a Honda Accord on Hamlyn Road around 10:30 Friday night. That vehicle then T-boned an SUV at the intersection of Hamlyn Road and Canada Drive.
A 19-year-old female passenger in the Honda was declared dead at the scene while the 17-year-old girl driving suffered serious injuries. Two boys were also in the car. The driver of the SUV, who was the only person in that vehicle suffered minor injuries. The RNC declined comment on whether the Honda had been stolen.
RNC Chief Joe Boland called a rare Saturday news conference to announce that he has called in Nova Scotia’s Serious Incident Response Team to investigate.
Boland says independent police oversight is important for all parties involved, including the officer. Having them investigate does not mean that he thinks the officer involved did anything wrong.
Police say neither drugs nor alcohol were involved, but they are asking anybody who witnessed the crash or has home security footage to contact them at 729-8000.