No criminal charges laid in downtown party bus death

Oct 25 2016, 5:55 pm

After nine months of investigations, the Vancouver Police Department says no criminal charges will be laid following the death of a 23-year-old woman who fell out of a party bus downtown on January 9.

Police say a mechanical malfunction with the pneumatic door is to blame for the woman’s death, as it had low operating pressure. She lost her balance as the driver was making a left turn onto Burrard Street from West Hastings at 9:30 pm, and she fell against the door, which then opened.

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She was pronounced dead at the scene.

The VPD says they brought in a host of experts to aid in the investigation, including commercial vehicle experts and engineers, who assisted with a full mechanical inspection of the bus.

The owner and driver of the bus, however, were fined under the Motor Vehicle Act, and they could be subject to civil legal action.

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