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RCMP Chief Supt. Ray Bernoties, the Island District Commander, confirmed 32-year-old Const. Sarah Beckett died as a result of this morning’s crash at Peatt Road and Goldstream Avenue.
She was a married, mother of two young children.
Beckett had been with the RCMP since 2005, serving in Port McNeill, on the Vancouver Island Integrated Crime Unit and since 2009 with the West Shore RCMP.
While on duty at approximately 3:30 a.m. Tuesday, Beckett’s cruiser was struck on the driver’s side by a pick-up truck. Paramedics attempted to revive her at the scene but were unable to resuscitate her.
Bernoties said the driver of the truck was taken to hospital with injuries that are not considered to be serious. The driver remains in police custody and a criminal investigation is underway.
Saanich Police have taken over the investigation of the circumstances surrounding the crash. Goldstream Avenue remains closed between Claude and Strathmore roads, and is expected to reopen around 2 p.m.