After a fatal collision claimed the life of a woman in Surrey in the spring of last year, multiple charges have now been laid against a 69-year-old man in connection with the case.
On March 22, 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 dead 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. All occurred just minutes before the fatal collision.
Surrey RCMP said a thorough investigation by multiple agencies which required multiple reconstructions and engineering reports, as well as detailed forensic lab analysis, video surveillance retrieval, and witness testimonies were undertaken.
And this month, Surrey resident Iqbal Singh Sidhu was arrested in connection with the incident and is now facing 15 charges.
The charges include:
- 1 count of manslaughter
- 1 count of impaired driving causing death
- 1 count of operation with over 80 mg 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 mg of alcohol causing bodily harm
- 3 counts of criminal negligence causing bodily injury
- 2 counts of failure to stop at scene of accident
Sidhu appeared in Surrey Provincial Court this week and has since been released on a number of conditions.
“The investigation… was a long and complicated investigation… which enabled the BC Prosecution Service to lay these specific charges,” said RCMP Supt. Shawn Gill. “The Surrey RCMP is committed to keeping our roads safe through a number of enforcement initiatives and prevention and education efforts.”
Police said that as the occurrence is now before the courts, no further information can be provided.