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Investigates Death Following Motor Vehicle Collision


On December 17, 2017, RCMP Pictou District contacted SiRT concerning the death of a male who had been the driver and sole occupant of a motor vehicle involved in a two-vehicle collision in River John during the early evening hours of December 16.

Upon arrival at the scene, RCMP were met by several members of the River John Fire Department and shortly thereafter, EHS Paramedics. A number of occupants in the second vehicle, along with the male driver of the first vehicle suffered injuries.  RCMP commenced an impaired driving investigation following the extraction of the male driver from his vehicle and placed the individual under arrest after he was taken into the ambulance. Moments later, the driver went into medical distress and was subsequently pronounced dead at the Aberdeen Hospital in New Glasgow. As a result of the individual being placed under arrest, the matter was referred to SiRT which has assumed responsibility for the investigation.

The Serious Incident Response Team is responsible for investigating all serious incidents involving police in Nova Scotia, which includes all allegations of domestic violence. Investigations are under the direction and control of independent civilian Interim Director John Scott.

The team can independently begin an investigation after a referral from a chief of police, the head of the RCMP in Nova Scotia or the Minister of Justice. It can also investigate after a complaint from the public.

The Police Act requires the director to file a public report summarizing the result of the investigation within three months after it is finished.

Media Contact:

John L. Scott

Interim Director

902-424-8400 (office)

902-718-9707 (cell)