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Cop didn’t help pedestrian he hit, inquest hears

Chris Campbell, 24 hours

A Surrey RCMP officer cited “shock” as the reason why he didn’t get out of his cruiser to help a female pedestrian he had just hit, a coroner’s jury heard Wednesday.

At the inquest into the death of Ashley Guiboche, 18, who was struck Jan. 31, 2011, while jaywalking around 9:30 p.m. on King George Boulevard near 98th Avenue, Const. Albert Luk was asked if he got out of the cruiser to check on the victim or perform CPR.

“As far as I know I stayed in my vehicle,” Luk said.

Another officer arrived within a minute and found a faint pulse, but Guiboche didn’t survive.

Witnesses testified Tuesday the police cruiser stopped after hitting Guiboche and then drove over her body to park in the curb lane. Luk said he didn’t recall what happened.

He admitted being distracted by an incoming message on his mobile data terminal just seconds before the crash and testified he saw a “dark blur” at the last moment and yelled in “terror” as he hit Guiboche.

“I saw a blob splatter on the right corner of my windshield,” Luk said.

He testified he didn’t have his lights or a siren on as he drove 90 km/h towards where he thought he could intercept a stolen vehicle.

Inquest counsel Rod MacKenzie pressed Luk on why he would risk speeding without lights or a siren for something as common as a stolen vehicle in Surrey.

“If he had spotted my lights he might’ve driven more erratically,” Luk responded. “I was trying to do my job.”

The inquest is expected to wrap up Feb. 7.


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