B.C. Mountie pleads guilty in deadly crash
The wreckage of a Ford Mustang is removed from the site of a crash with an RCMP cruiser. July 13, 2011. (CTV)
Published Thursday, December 13, 2012 1:40PM PST
Last Updated Thursday, December 13, 2012 1:58PM PST
An RCMP officer has pleaded guilty in a deadly crash that claimed the life of a 20-year-old man in B.C.'s Fraser Valley last year.
Const. Jordan Braid admitted to driving without due care and attention in Chilliwack court on Wednesday, while a charge of dangerous driving cause death was stayed.
Braid was on duty in July 2011 and driving an RCMP vehicle when he crashed head-on into a car driven by Steve Genberg in Agassiz, B.C.
Investigators have said the Mountie was driving 99 kilometres per hour in an 80 zone, and did not have his emergency equipment activated at the time of impact. Genberg was driving somewhere between 60 and 74 kilometres per hour.
Genberg, who worked as a truck driver for Mission Auto Body, had recently learned he was going to be a first-time father.
He died in hospital six days after the crash. A 19-year-old passenger was also wounded in the collision.
Braid was fined a total of $1,725, including a $225 victim fine surcharge.
He was charged after Abbotsford police conducted an independent review of the crash and now faces an internal RCMP review of his conduct.
With files from the Canadian Press