Parents sue police over son’s death in freeway crash

Jeremy Pinette of Abbotsford was killed in June 2011 in Langley, and his parents say police contributed to his death.

A car crash on Highway 1 in Langley killed Jeremy Pinette of Abbotsford in June 2011. His parents are now suing for damages related to the matter.

A car crash on Highway 1 in Langley killed Jeremy Pinette of Abbotsford in June 2011. His parents are now suing for damages related to the matter.

The parents of a man killed in a high-speed crash in June 2011 are suing the Abbotsford Police Department (APD) and the RCMP, saying they contributed to his death.

In a notice of civil claim filed Nov. 26 in B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver, Roger and Gillian Pinette claim that their son, Jeremy, 32, lost control of his vehicle while being pursued by police on Highway 1 in Langley.

They state that Jeremy, who lived in Abbotsford, had friends who were members or associates of the Hells Angels. Members of the APD and RCMP “repeatedly approached” him, starting in 2008, to become an informant, they allege.

When he refused, the police began a campaign of “harassment and intimidation,” according to the Pinettes’ claim.

According to the court documents, this included searching his vehicle without cause, slashing the tires on a truck he was driving, and threatening to tell his friends that he was an informant if he did not provide them with information.

“The harassment caused him anxiety and fear for his personal safety, his reputation and his property,” the notice of civil claim states.

On June 4, 2011, Jeremy was driving his Dodge Viper west on 56 Avenue at 272 Street in Aldergrove when he was spotted by police. He then entered the freeway at 264 Street, heading west, and crashed into the grassy median on Highway 1 at 248 Street.

He was estimated to have been travelling at speeds of 160 km/h. His vehicle rolled over and pinned him, killing him instantly.

Police at the time said, although they had spotted him on 56 Avenue and turned on their emergency equipment, they lost sight of him and did not pursue him.

However, the Pinettes allege that police misled them about the circumstances, and they received conflicting reports over the next several months about the incident.

Among the information they say they received in the months following the crash was that Jeremy was pursued along the on-ramp onto the freeway and by another officer while he was on Highway 1.

The Pinettes claim that police concealed records from them, including refusing to provide GPS data and recordings of audio transmissions from the RCMP.

They said this caused them emotional distress, led to them receiving delayed information about the circumstances of their son’s death, and postponed their efforts to obtain legal advice.

“When relaying the circumstances leading to the death of a loved one, the police have a duty to the deceased’s next of kin to relay those circumstances in good faith and with candor and to take reasonable care to ensure the accuracy of the information relayed,” the notice of civil claim states.

The Pinettes are seeking general, special and punitive damages for the loss of their son’s life and the future income he would have provided, as well as for the emotional distress they say they endured over the alleged misinformation they received.

The allegations in the lawsuit have not yet been proven in court. A response to the claim has not yet been filed by the APD or the RCMP.

 

Just Posted

Kindergarten kids from Evans elementary school in Chilliwack painted rocks with orange hearts and delivered them to Sto:lo Elders Lodge recently after learning about residential schools. (Laura Bridge photo)
Kindergarten class paints rocks with orange hearts in Chilliwack for local elders

‘Compassion and empathy’ being shown by kids learning about residential schools

Chilliwack potter Cathy Terepocki (left) and Indigenous enhancement teachers Val Tosoff (striped top) and Christine Seymour (fuchsia coat), along with students at Vedder middle school, look at some of the 500-plus pinch pots on Thursday, June 10 made by the kids to honour the 215 children found at Kamloops Indian Residential School. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Chilliwack students make hundreds of tiny clay pots in honour of 215 Indigenous children

‘I think the healing process has begun,’ says teacher about Vedder middle school project

A program of the Fraser Valley Health Care Foundation enables patients to thank their health-care workers.
Fraser Valley program enables patients to say thanks to their health-care workers

Philip Harris Grateful Patient Program offered through health care foundation

Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay
Webinar looks at sexual abuse prevention among adolescents

Vancouver/Fraser Valley CoSA hosts free online session on June 15

Emergency services were on the scene of an apparent stabbing Friday afternoon (June 11) in the 2400 block of Countess Street in Abbotsford. (Photo: Kaytlin Harrison)
Two suspects arrested after apparent stabbing in Abbotsford

Incident occurs Friday afternoon in 2400 block of Countess Street

At an outdoor drive-in convocation ceremony, Mount Royal University bestows an honorary Doctor of Laws on Blackfoot Elder and residential school survivor Clarence Wolfleg in Calgary on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
‘You didn’t get the best of me’: Residential school survivor gets honorary doctorate

Clarence Wolfleg receives honorary doctorate from Mount Royal University, the highest honour the school gives out

Two-year-old Ivy McLeod laughs while playing with Lucky the puppy outside their Chilliwack home on Thursday, June 10, 2021. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
VIDEO: B.C. family finds ‘perfect’ puppy with limb difference for 2-year-old Ivy

Ivy has special bond with Lucky the puppy who was also born with limb difference

A million-dollar ticket was sold to an individual in Vernon from the Lotto Max draw Friday, June 11, 2021. (Photo courtesy of BCLC)
Lottery ticket worth $1 million sold in Vernon

One lucky individual holds one of 20 tickets worth $1 million from Friday’s Lotto Max draw

“65 years, I’ve carried the stories in my mind and live it every day,” says Jack Kruger. (Athena Bonneau)
‘Maybe this time they will listen’: Survivor shares stories from B.C. residential school

Jack Kruger, living in Syilx territory, wasn’t surprised by news of 215 children’s remains found on the grounds of the former Kamloops Indian Residential School

A logging truck carries its load down the Elaho Valley near in Squamish, B.C. in this file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chuck Stoody
Squamish Nation calls for old-growth logging moratorium in its territory

The nation says 44% of old-growth forests in its 6,900-square kilometre territory are protected while the rest remain at risk

Flowers and cards are left at a makeshift memorial at a monument outside the former Kamloops Indian Residential School to honour the 215 children whose remains are believed to have been discovered buried near the city in Kamloops, B.C., on Monday, May 31, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
‘Pick a Sunday:’ Indigenous leaders ask Catholics to stay home, push for apology

Indigenous leaders are calling on Catholics to stand in solidarity with residential school survivors by not attending church services

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

“They will never be forgotten, every child matters,” says Sioux Valley Chief Jennifer Bone in a video statement June 1. (Screen grab)
104 ‘potential graves’ detected at site of former residential school in Manitoba

Sioux Valley Dakota Nation working to identify, repatriate students buried near former Brandon residential school

Most Read