Cop had followed car prior to double-fatal crash in Calgary
CALGARY – A vehicle that smashed into a home and then erupted in flames causing two fatalities had been followed by a cop just minutes before the accident, Calgary police admitted on Wednesday morning.
Police now say the cop who was following the vehicle moments before the vehicle smashed into the home in fact was able to rescue a passenger from the burning vehicle. Police said the officer risked his life to extricate the male passenger who later succumbed to his injuries. The driver of the car was killed instantly.
“At approximately 1:20 a.m., today, Wednesday, June 9, 2010, Calgary Police Service K-9 officer Const. Jens Lind was in a marked patrol unit within a residential neighbourhood in the area of 5 Street and 14 Avenue N.E., when he noticed a suspicious vehicle,” said a police statement.
“This officer followed the vehicle for several blocks, before activating his emergency equipment. The suspect vehicle immediately took evasive action and sped from the area. The officer deactivated his emergency equipment and lost visual contact with the vehicle. There is no evidence to indicate any form of pursuit was initiated,” police added.
“Const. Lind continued to circulate the area in search of the suspect vehicle. Approximately three minutes later, he came upon the vehicle, which had collided with a house and was on fire. With disregard for his own safety, he approached the vehicle and was able to remove the passenger. He then attempted to extinguish the fire, along with other CPS members who arrived at the scene,” police added.
A 52-year-old woman who lived in the home that was struck was also taken to hospital with minor injuries.
An investigation continues.
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