Langley Mounties seek witness to fatal crash
Victor Melo Duarte, 47, poses with his family in this undated photo. Duarte was killed in a police-involved crash on Monday. October 29, 2012. (CTV)
Published Friday, November 9, 2012 9:06PM PST
Langley RCMP are looking for a potential witness to the tragic police-involved crash that killed a father-of-two late last month.
Mounties believe a white Chevrolet Express van with an industrial cargo rack on the roof was near 16 Avenue and 240 Street on Oct. 29 when a three-car collision claimed the life of Victor Melo Duarte, and they want to speak to the driver.
Duarte, a 47-year-old Delta resident, had just left work when his vehicle was struck.
Mounties say a green truck involved in the crash had just sped away from a speed trap a few kilometres down the road. The 27-year-old driver suffered undisclosed injuries and was arrested at the scene.
The circumstances of the crash are still unclear, and under investigation by B.C.’s Independent Investigations Office, a civilian agency tasked with probing serious and fatal police incidents.
Witnesses say Mounties had been chasing the pickup truck with sirens blazing, but had stopped at some point prior to the fatal crash.
Anyone with information is asked to call Langley RCMP at 604-532-3200.