RCMP Officer Charged In the Death of Man Killed on Highway 881

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RCMP Officer Charged In the Death of Man Killed on Highway 881

Alberta’s Serious Incident Response Team is charging an RCMP officer with dangerous driving in the death of 41-year-old man.

On Aug 21, 2016, Wood Buffalo RCMP received numerous calls of a male walking southbound in the middle of Highway 881, around 75 km south of Fort McMurray.

The officer was dispatched to the scene, shortly after, receiving another call that the man was struck by a pickup truck.

The occupants of the truck had stopped, reported the matter, and were attempting to provide aid to the man. Other vehicles had also pulled over trying to help.

The RCMP officer, who was driving up Northbound near marker 251 with emergency equipment activated, drove past several vehicles that were pulled over next to the man.

ASIRT notes the officer ran over the injured man, killing him. Another man was also injured when the cruiser struck his hand.

As a result, Constable Michelle Phillips has been charged with one count of dangerous driving causing death and one count of driving causing bodily harm.

Constable Phillips has been released with the promise she will appear in a Fort McMurray Courtroom. For the time being, she’s also been suspended from the department with pay.

She is expected to make a court appearance on August 2, 2017.
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