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Crown considers charges against VPD officer who struck pedestrian

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On Jan. 6, a VPD unmarked SUV driven by an on-duty officer struck a pedestrian near Knight Street and East 20th Avenue around 9:30 p.m.

A Vancouver Police unmarked SUV hit a pedestrian near Knight Street and East 20th Avenue on Jan. 6. Independent Investigations Offic / PNG

The B.C. Prosecution Service is considering whether charges should be laid against a Vancouver police officer involved in a pedestrian accident earlier this year.

On Jan. 6, a VPD unmarked SUV driven by an on-duty officer struck a pedestrian near Knight Street and East 20th Avenue at around 9:30 p.m. The pedestrian was taken to hospital in serious condition.

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The name of the officer, who wasn’t injured, hasn’t been released.

The Independent Investigations Office, B.C.’s police-watchdog agency, probed the incident and has forwarded its report to the Crown.

In approving charges, the B.C. Prosecution Service must be satisfied there is a substantial likelihood of conviction based on the evidence gathered by the IIO and that the prosecution is in the public interest.

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