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    Unhappy Lodd - Rcmp Officer Jimmy Ng

    Suspect arrested after B.C. RCMP officer dies in hit-run crash with cruiser.

    EMILY YEARWOOD-LEE Canadian Press Sunday, September 15, 2002

    RICHMOND, B.C. (CP) - In a city where police have repeatedly spoken out against the problem of speed-related deaths, RCMP have arrested a hit-and-run suspect after an accident killed one of their own. The suspected driver was arrested Sunday afternoon after the collision between an RCMP cruiser and white 2003 Honda Civic at a suburban intersection early that morning.

    The on-duty officer, Const. Jimmy Ng, 31, died in hospital after the accident, which mangled the cruiser and damaged the other car.

    Ng joined the force in 1996 and had been with the Richmond detachment for 16 months. Single, he is survived by his parents.

    The suspect was not named by police, who did not provide the charges he could face or comment on his or driving experience.

    "The information that was provided to us resulted in us arresting him and he was arrested without incident," said Cpl. Peter Thiessen.

    The officer was driving southbound through an intersection on a green light in suburban Richmond when his vehicle was hit by a car heading west through a red light just before 3 a.m., said police.

    The impact of the accident bent the police car into a inverted V shape with most of the damage sustained on the driver's side doors. The front of the other car was demolished but the driver still managed to flee.

    It appears the civilian vehicle was "exceeding the speed limit at a horrendous amount," said Thiessen. Police said a person believed to have helped the driver leave was detained shortly after. That person was still being interviewed by police Sunday evening and Thiessen wouldn't say whether he might also be charged.

    Police were also looking at whether street racing was a factor in the crash. "It has not been ruled out and that is a large part of the investigation at this point, but it is only a possibility," Thiessen said.

    The crash is "a very real reminder that we have a lot of work to do" on the problem of speeding, said Supt. Ward Clapham.

    "We have taken a stand, a zero tolerance to criminal-type driving behaviour in this city and in the Lower Mainland and also on street racing," he said.

    "We had proactively moved forward and thought we were doing a good job," he said. "It hurts more than anything when you lose one of your own."

    Richmond RCMP hosted a forum on street racing in April and the B.C. government announced changes to the Motor Vehicle Act in May that would give police the authority to impound vehicles involved in racing for 48 hours on a first incident.

    RCMP members were "grieving" Sunday and a chaplain was brought in to provide support, said Thiessen. He described Ng as a "hard-working, dedicated police officer who instilled trust and who had an infectious positive attitude."

    Ng was originally from the Lower Mainland area and volunteered for the local Coast Guard auxiliary. "I went immediately to the hospital to be with him, but it was too late," said Clapham. Ng's family was brought to Richmond Sunday from another community, said Thiessen.
    Reinforcements from other RCMP detachments around the Lower Mainland region were also brought in to help with the investigation and cover other policing duties.

    The force of the collision vaulted the two vehicles onto the lot of a nearby service station. "The cop car was pretty smashed in, really badly," said a worker who answered the phone at the station. He said many people had gathered to look at the wreckage before it was cleared up by afternoon.

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    Two charged in RCMP officer's death. Street racing investigated in hit-and-run that killed Richmond RCMP officer

    Monday, September 16, 2002

    Vancouver Sun Sombre police officers investigate fatal crash at Williams and No. 3 Road where RCMP cruiser was broadsided by speeding Honda.

    RCMP Constable Jimmy Ng, 31, died in early Sunday crash.

    RICHMOND, B.C. (CP) -- Two men were charged Monday in the death of a Mountie killed in a hit-and-run crash. Const. Jimmy Ng, 31, died in hospital Sunday following a collision at a stop light.
    Yau Chung Stuart Chan, 19, is charged with criminal negligence causing death, failing to stop at the scene of an accident and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle.

    Ying Hua David Guan, 20, is charged with failing to stop and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle. Police believe the occupant of a Honda Civic may have been street racing when it ran a red light early Sunday morning and slammed broadside into Ng's RCMP cruiser. The impact folded the vehicle into a V-shape.

    Solicitor General Rich Coleman said Ng's death was devastating for B.C.'s entire police community. "Their families, their children, they all talk about the risks that mom and dad are taking if they're out there enforcing law in this province and anywhere in the country," said Coleman, himself a former Mountie.

    Several people have been killed in the past year in accidents involving street racers. The deaths prompted changes to the provincial Motor Vehicle Act giving police the authority to impound vehicles involved in racing for 48 hours on a first incident. Drivers caught racing again within two years can lose their wheels for 30 days.

    The changes also gave police the ability to seek immediate driving prohibitions from the superintendent of motor vehicles for anyone suspected of racing and doubled the points against a driver for excessive speeding.

    Coleman said the province supports additional intersection cameras but said cameras wouldn't have prevented the Richmond tragedy.

    "This is somebody that, as far as I could see, had no respect for anybody else on the road but themselves," Coleman said.

    Members and employees of the Richmond RCMP had a stress debriefing Monday to help them deal with the loss, said Const. Peter Thiessen, spokesman for the detachment.

    RCMP Supt. Ward Clapham said Ng's death was a horrible tragedy.
    "There is new anger and frustration. And yes, there is renewed fear as some in the community question the safety of our streets," Clapham said.

    Ng's death has forced the entire community to examine the problem very closely -- a focus that could increase communication and co-operation, he said.

    A memorial service for Ng has been scheduled for Saturday.
    In lieu of flowers, Ng's parents asked that donations be made to the E Division RCMP Members' Memorial fund.

    © Copyright 2002 Canadian Press
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