The Mountie whose car killed a 21-year-old motorcyclist last fall in Tsawwassen, B.C., could face serious charges.
Delta, B.C., police are expecting approval to lay charges of impaired driving causing death and dangerous driving causing death against Benjamin (Monty) Robinson, who was off duty at the time of the collision.
Orion Hutchinson had just finished a program at the B.C. Institute of Technology and was planning to start work two days later. He was thrown from his motorcycle when it collided with a vehicle driven by the RCMP corporal.
Hutchinson was killed immediately.
Robinson is said to have failed a blood-alcohol test administered after the crash. He was put on leave with pay following the collision.
Robinson was the officer in charge of an infamous tasering death incident at Vancouver International Airport almost exactly a year before the collision. He was no stranger to violence: a few years earlier, he had been involved in an incident that resulted in a man who was wielding an axe and a bat being shot by police. The man survived and it was not clear which of several police officers had fired the bullet that struck him in the chest. Robinson was given a medal for bravery after that action.