Charges have now been approved against a Langford man in connection with the fatal crash that claimed the life of RCMP Const. Sarah Beckett in Langford in April.
Kenneth Jacob Fenton, 28, has been charged with impaired driving causing death, flight from police causing death, dangerous driving causing death, driving with a blood alcohol content in excess of 80 milligrams, and refusing to provide a sample of his blood upon demand by police when he knew, or ought to have known, that his operation of a vehicle caused an accident resulting in death.
Beckett, 32, was killed in the early morning hours of April 5 when the marked police car she was driving was struck by a pickup truck in the intersection of Peatt Road and Goldstream Avenue. She left behind a husband and two young children.
Fenton suffered minor injuries in the crash and was taken into custody at the scene, but he was released without being charged the next day.
The arrest was a result of a criminal investigation led by the RCMP Island District GIS with and the Saanich Police Department who conducted the collision scene investigation.
Beckett had been with the RCMP since 2005 and spent all of her 11 years of service on Vancouver Island. Serving in Port McNeill, Langford, Colwood and the Vancouver Island Integrated Major Crimes Unit.
“As this is now before the courts, it would be inappropriate for me to comment, other than to say thank you, once again, to the community for the overwhelming support we have received,” stated Island District Commander, Chief Superintendent Ray Bernoties.