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Woman killed in ‘suspicious’ Barnet Highway crash identified as young mother

Woman dies under suspicious circumstances after crash in Burnaby
The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team is looking into the mysterious death of a woman after a single vehicle crash on the Barnet Highway late Friday night. Jill Bennett has more.

One woman is dead and a man is in hospital after a single-vehicle crash in Burnaby Friday.

The collision happened eastbound on Barnet Highway near Texaco Drive just before 10:00 pm on Friday night.

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According to Burnaby RCMP, officers found an unconscious man in the vehicle. A woman was ejected from the vehicle and was found in a ditch several metres away.

Both were transported to hospital, where the woman later died of her injures.

Police are calling the death suspicious. Global News has learned the victim is Nicole Porciello, a young mother and employee of the Vancouver School Board.

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On Monday, the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) identified her as Nicole Hasselmann, who was also known as Nicole Porciello.

The Burnaby RCMP and IHIT are now both working working the case.

Two police officers canvassed neighbours in Porciello’s Burnaby neighbourhood today but it’s unclear what they were looking for.

The Burnaby RCMP said it believes Porciello and the man in the vehicle knew each other, and that there is no risk to public safety.

The condition of the male victim is not known, but police say he is in hospital.