14-year-old Marcus Larabie fatally struck by off-duty Abbotsford police officer
WATCH: Friends and family of Marcus Larabie are grieving after he was struck and killed while crossing the road on Boxing Day. Jeremy Hunka reports.
A 14-year-old pedestrian has died after being struck by a car driven by an off-duty Abbotsford police officer.
It happened at 6:15 p.m. Friday near Mill Lake Road and Bourquin Crescent West in Abbotsford, directly adjacent to the Sevenoaks Shopping Centre bus loop.
Friends of the victim have identified him as Marcus Larabie. One friend told Global News he was longboarding across the street when he was struck by the vehicle.
He was airlifted to hospital, where he died from his injuries just before midnight.
The driver has been identified as an off-duty member of the Abbotsford Police Department (APD) driving a Mazda 3 sedan.
As with all serious incidents involving police, the Independent Investigations Office (IIO) has been called in to review what took place. Investigators say early indications suggest alcohol was not a factor.
Witnesses have told the IIO that the driver was at a controlled intersection heading southbound on a green light. Investigators are working to confirm Larabie’s specific positioning at the time of the accident, and whether he was riding a longboard.
-with files from Jeremy Hunka