IIO probing whether teen was longboarding at time of fatal collision
Published Saturday, December 27, 2014 11:56AM PST
Last Updated Saturday, December 27, 2014 6:48PM PST
An Abbotsford teen fatally struck by an off-duty police officer Friday night is being remembered as a selfless and kind 14-year-old who died far too soon.
At around 6 p.m. Friday, Marcus Larabie was hit by a 2009 Mazda 3 near the intersection of Mill Lake Road and Bourquin Cresent, across from the Sevenoaks Shopping Centre bus loop, according to investigators.
He was airlifted to hospital in serious condition and succumbed to his injuries just before midnight.
“Marcus was a really good kid,” said Stefan, who said he was close with Larabie. “He was like the kid who would give you the shirt off his own back, the last dollar in his pocket,” he said. “This is outrageous that it happened to him.”
The Independent Investigations Office, which probes police-related injury or death in B.C., is now looking into the incident.
On Saturday, the office said it was identifying and interviewing witnesses, and looking for video surveillance of the collision. Police and friends of Larabie believe he may have been longboarding at the time.
An IIO spokeswoman said early investigation shows that the off-duty officer was driving through the intersection on a green light when the collision occurred.
“It sounded like a big lid being slammed down,” said area resident Chris Robinson. “About eight minutes later we started to see cop cars pull up…there was a woman and her child sitting on the pavement, and they were crying. She must have been right there.”
The driver, an off-duty Abbotsford police officer, remained at the scene.
Friends of Larabie gathered at the scene of the collision on Saturday, many visibly shaken by the death.
A youth centre Larabie had attended brought in extra staff to provide grief counselling to its members
“We want to offer our support and our condolences and our prayers to the family, and we also want to extend our prayers and thoughts out to all those who were involved in the accident,” said Les Telvio, Executive Director of the Cyrus Centre.
A comment reading “RIP friend. We all miss you” can be seen on a photo of Larabie posted to his Facebook page on Dec. 14.
Abbotsford Police said in a news release issued before the boy's death that its thoughts and prayers are with the families of those involved.
With files from The Canadian Press and a report from CTV Vancouver's Julie Nolin