October 25, 2009 was the one year anniversary of Orion Hutchinson’s death. There are still no charges against the driver of the car that struck the young cyclist. Attorney General of BC has neither approved nor declined prosecution, despite having received recommendations long ago from Delta police for a charge of impaired driving causing death. Will the offender avoid accountability because of delay?
FOLLOW UP 1: Oct. 26, the AG’s office sent a response that included:
I would like to assure you that this matter is getting the due care and attention that it deserves from Crown Counsel mindful of their duty to preserve confidence in the justice system.
Robert W. G. Gillen
Assistant Deputy Attorney General, Criminal Justice Branch
FOLLOW UP 2: Nov 4, Writer Laila Yuile posted this:
I called Neil Mackenze, spokesperson for the Criminal Justice Branch just now, and spoke with him at his Victoria #.
I reminded him of his time estimate from the June/09 [Vancouver Sun] story, and asked him what was taking so long for Crown to approve charges.
He advised me that he was wrong about the timeline and that Crown decided they needed more information from the Delta police, and would need to review that information before approving charges. He was unable to speak to the nature of the information further requested by Crown.
I then asked him if Delta police were co-operating and if they had already provided all the information requested by Crown, and he said he believed that they had provided some of it, but that he did not know what was currently going on with it.
I asked Neil if he could check on that current status and call me back,he agreed and he took my name and number. I expect a call shortly.
October 25, 2008
- Orion Hutchinson, 21, was riding his motorcycle in Delta when he was struck by a Jeep driven by an off-duty RCMP officer. Hutchinson died at the scene. Delta police said that the Jeep driver left the scene but returned and failed a breathalyzer test. – Read Gary Mason at The Globe and Mail for more.
- Delta police announced that they recommended charges of dangerous driving causing death and impaired driving causing death against RCMP Corporal Benjamin “Monty” Robinson. The Delta police department refused to explain why it took 7.5 months to investigate the incident. Robinson was senior officer among four RCMP members involved in the Robert Dziekanski homicide at Vancouver Airport.
November 30, 2009
- No disposition of recommended charges, still under review.
May 30, 2009
- Delta Police received allegations of sexual offenses committed against a young person.
August 26, 2009
- A man was taken into custody. He appeared in court August 27. A court ordered publication ban restricts media from naming the accused but early information from Delta Police reported the defendant’s name. (Google “Delta Firefighter charged Vancouver Sun” for a connection between these cases.)
- CASE 1 – No charges or court appearance after 402 days
- CASE 2 – Alleged incident to court appearance: 88 days