RCMP of­fi­cer is mostly to blame for an ac­ci­dent, B.C. Supreme Court judge rules

StarMetro Vancouver - - CANADA & WORLD -

A Bri­tish Columbia judge has de­ter­mined that an RCMP of­fi­cer who was driv­ing at al­most 90 km/h over the speed limit shares most of the blame for a crash that de­stroyed a Cal­gary fam­ily’s camper van.

The B.C. Supreme Court de­ci­sion says Const. Chad Gor­man was go­ing 147 km/h in a 60 zone as he re­sponded to a pri­or­ity call when he crashed into the van in a Lan­g­ley in­ter­sec­tion in July 2014.

The driver of the van, Shi­raz Meghji, his three fam­ily mem­bers and the of­fi­cer all walked away from the crash in what Jus­tice Bruce But­ler says was a mir­a­cle.

But­ler says in his de­ci­sion re­leased this week that the of­fi­cer should take 80 per cent of the blame for the crash be­cause he was trav­el­ling at such a high speed.

Twenty per cent of the blame goes to Meghji be­cause he failed to drive through the in­ter­sec­tion with suf­fi­cient care, al­though no dam­age award has been de­ter­mined.

The judge says Meghji en­tered the in­ter­sec­tion be­cause he didn’t see the of­fi­cer’s car as be­ing an im­me­di­ate hazard.

“I have no hes­i­ta­tion in con­clud­ing that Const. Gor­man breached the stan­dard of care of a rea­son­able po­lice of­fi­cer in trav­el­ling on the Fraser Hwy. at 145 km/h on a week­day An RCMP of­fi­cer was trav­el­ling al­most 90 km/h over the speed limit when he crashed into a camper van car­ry­ing a fam­ily of four.

af­ter­noon through a com­mer­cial and res­i­den­tial zone at a speed that was close to 90 kilo­me­tres over the speed limit,” the judge says, not­ing the of­fi­cer passed a num­ber of in­ter­sec­tions with­out slow­ing.

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