The Quebec Mounted Police Members’ Association extends its deepest condolences to the family and colleagues of RCMP Constable Sarah Beckett, who was killed while on duty in a crash early April 5 near Victoria on Vancouver Island.
Beckett, a mother of two young children, died when her cruiser collided with a pickup truck at about 3:30 a.m. at the intersection of Goldstream Avenue and Peatt Road in Langford.
“Her family must now start to deal with this absolute tragedy,” said Chief Supt. Ray Bernoties, commander of the RCMP on Vancouver Island on Tuesday. “They ask for privacy as they grieve.”
“The member was on duty at a traffic stop and was unfortunately struck and killed on duty,” Solicitor General Mike Morris said.
“She’s a mother of two young children and my condolences go out to her, her family, her workmates in the RCMP and the police in general.”
Paul Dupuis, president of the Quebec Mounted Police Members’ Association, expressed his condolences to the family and colleagues of Beckett, adding that the RCMP family in Quebec stands by the fallen officer.
“It is a sad day for the RCMP family across Canada,” said Dupuis, “and we, here in Quebec, extend our thoughts and prayers to officer Beckett, her family and her colleagues.”
There is no word on charges, and the incident remains under investigation. BC Ambulance said two people were transported to hospital in serious condition.
Esquimalt-Royal Roads MLA Maurine Karagianis, her voice breaking with emotion, also expressed her condolences in the legislature on behalf of the NDP.
“Our thoughts are with her family and with the other officers at the scene and the detachment during this very difficult time,” she said. “I think we all know and appreciate the dangerous nature of this work and the dedication and courage of the men and women who provide protective services in our communities.”