Mul­ti­ple charges laid against Iqbal Singh Sidhu in fa­tal mo­tor ve­hi­cle col­li­sion

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Sur­rey: Mul­ti­ple charges have been laid against a 69-year-old Sur­rey man in re­la­tion to a fa­tal mo­tor ve­hi­cle col­li­sion that oc­curred last spring. On March 22nd, 2017 at ap­prox­i­mately 6:25 pm, the Sur­rey RCMP re­sponded to a re­port of a se­ri­ous mo­tor ve­hi­cle col­li­sion at the in­ter­sec­tion of 72 Av­enue and 152 Street where a GMC Sa­fari van had col­lided with a Suzuki Swift sedan. The fe­male driver of the sedan was pro­nounced de­ceased at the scene. Around the same time, po­lice be­gan re­ceiv­ing ad­di­tional re­ports of sep­a­rate hit and run col­li­sions along 72 Av­enue in­volv­ing the same GMC Sa­fari van which all oc­curred min­utes prior to the fa­tal col­li­sion. A thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion was con­ducted by the Sur­rey RCMP’S Crim­i­nal Col­li­sion In­ves­ti­ga­tion Team (CCIT) with as­sis­tance from the Lower Main­land In­te­grated Col­li­sion Anal­y­sis and Re­con­struc­tion Ser­vice (ICARS), Lower Main­land Foren­sic Iden­ti­fi­ca­tion Sec­tion (FIS), RCMP Foren­sic Lab­o­ra­tory Ser­vices, Sur­rey RCMP High Risk Tar­get Team (HRTT), Sur­rey RCMP In­ter­view Team, and Sur­rey RCMP Gen­eral Duty of­fi­cers. The in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­quired mul­ti­ple re­con­struc­tion and en­gi­neer­ing re­ports as well as de­tailed foren­sic lab anal­y­sis and video sur­veil­lance re­trieval. In­ves­ti­ga­tors spoke with count­less wit­nesses and pro­cessed a large vol­ume of phys­i­cal ev­i­dence due the mul­ti­ple crime scenes in­volved.

On Septem­ber 25, 2018, Iqbal Singh Sidhu was ar­rested in Sur­rey and has now been charged with a to­tal of 15 charges.

• 1 count of Man­slaugh­ter

• 1 count of Im­paired Driv­ing Caus­ing Death

• 1 count of Op­er­a­tion with Over 80 mgs of Al­co­hol Caus­ing Death

• 1 count of Crim­i­nal Neg­li­gence Caus­ing Death

• 3 counts of Im­paired Driv­ing Caus­ing Bod­ily In­jury

• 3 counts of Op­er­a­tion with Over 80 mgs of Al­co­hol Caus­ing Bod­ily Harm • 3 counts of Crim­i­nal Neg­li­gence Caus­ing Bod­ily In­jury

• 2 counts of Fail­ure to Stop at Scene of Ac­ci­dent On Septem­ber 26, 2018, Sidhu ap­peared in Sur­rey Pro­vin­cial Court and has since been re­leased from cus­tody on nu­mer­ous con­di­tions.

“The in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­ducted by our Crim­i­nal Col­li­sion In­ves­ti­ga­tion Team and po­lice part­ners was a long and com­pli­cated in­ves­ti­ga­tion in or­der to gather the re­quired ev­i­dence which en­abled the BC Pros­e­cu­tion Ser­vice to lay these spe­cific charges,” says Su­per­in­ten­dent Shawn Gill, Com­mu­nity Ser­vices Of­fi­cer.

“The Sur­rey RCMP is com­mit­ted to keep­ing our roads safe through a num­ber of en­force­ment ini­tia­tives and pre­ven­tion and ed­u­ca­tion ef­forts. Traf­fic safety re­mains a top pri­or­ity for our de­tach­ment as the num­ber of road users in­creases on our streets.”

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