BURNABY, B.C. — Burnaby RCMP’s Criminal Collision Investigation Team looking into a dump truck collision that resulted in the death of a 14-year-old girl in the city this month.
Investigators are gathering evidence and have obtained video from the area, including surveillance video that shows one view of the incident. The girl was struck by a dump truck that was pulling a dump trailer.
“Burnaby RCMP is looking at all factors and circumstances that may have contributed to this tragic event, though speed and impairment are not believed to be elements,” said officials.
Police discovered that a dog had been nearby at the time of the collision. They noted investigators are still analyzing all statements and information, however, there is no indication the dog was behaving dangerously or had previously been the subject of any complaints to police.
“We know the community is looking for answers as to what caused this tragic collision,” said Cpl. Mike Kalanj with Burnaby RCMP in a statement. “We are asking people not to jump to conclusions as our officers continue to gather necessary evidence. There are many people affected by this tragedy and we are working to ensure supports are in place for anyone affected.”
They added that the truck company involved continues to co-operate with the investigation. The truck was part of the nearby Southgate City construction project. Ledingham McAllister and Marcon Construction released a statement to media noting they immediately turned over evidence to police and their video appears to show the girl being startled by the dog.