Lynne McCutcheon holds photo of sister Marilyn Laursen, a pedestrian who was struck and killed by a fleeing Kyle Danyliuk during a 2011 police chase in White Rock.

A White Rock Mountie who was recently given a stay of proceedings on a charge of dangerous driving causing death remains on “Alexa's Team” - a position bestowed to police officers around the province who are committed to removing impaired drivers from the roads.

RCMP Const. David Bickle was charged for his role in a street chase that led to the death of Marilyn Laursen as she crossed a White Rock intersection.

The Vancouver Police Department was asked to investigate Bickle’s conduct immediately following the incident.

Allegations were that Bickle, who had been with the RCMP for two years at the time of the incident, failed to follow guidelines regarding a police pursuit.

On May 18, 2011, it was alleged Bickle unsuccessfully tried to stop a vehicle being driven by Kyle Danyliuk on Marine Drive in White Rock.

With Danyliuk refusing to stop, Bickle continued his pursuit eastbound on Buena Vista, then northbound on Johnston Road.

The suspect eventually crashed into another vehicle at the intersection of Thrift Avenue and Johnston Road, and then to get away Danyliuk accelerated through a red light and hit Laursen.

Danyliuk continued north on Johnston Road, failing to stop to help the critically injured Laursen.

She was rushed to Peace Arch Hospital but did not survive her injuries.

In 2013, Bickle was named to Alexa's Team, an award that recognizes officers across B.C. committed to getting drunk drivers off the roads in honour of Alexa Middelaer, a young girl killed by an impaired driver.

In February, after a preliminary hearing, a stay of proceedings was granted on Bickle’s charge of dangerous driving causing death.

A publication ban remains in effect preventing disclosure of evidence or submissions heard during the inquiry.

Bickle will soon be in B.C. Supreme Court on the second charge against him of dangerous driving causing bodily harm. That is related to the injuries suffered by the driver of a car struck during the pursuit.

Danyliuk is serving a two-year sentence after pleading guilty to four charges in connection with the incident.

Source: The Province


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