New West cop pleads guilty in accident incident

A New Westminster police officer will be investigated by the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) after he pleaded guilty to a traffic offence related to an accident in New West last summer.

Const. Graham Bosa pleaded guilty to failing to yield right of way on a left turn last week. He was fined $500 with a $75 victim surcharge.

When asked if the department had taken any disciplinary action, New Westminster police spokeswoman Sgt. Diana McDaniel said the incident and Bosa will now be the subject of a Police Act investigation to be conducted by the VPD.

Police closed off Cumberland and Harvey streets for several hours after a police car hit a van about 2 p.m. on Aug. 13.

New Westminster police first reported neither driver sustained serious injuries, but were taken to hospital for precautionary examinations and later released. The NWPD notified the Independent Investigations Office (IIO), but the provincial authority did not immediately take over the investigation. However, two days later the IIO received updated information on the injuries sustained by 67-year-old driver of the van and assumed investigation of the incident.

On Dec. 20, a charge of driving without due care and attention against Bosa were approved by the Crown.

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