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Police watchdog investigating after VPD vehicle hits pedestrian

A man was taken to hospital with serious injuries.
A Vancouver police vehicle collided with a pedestrian earlier this week, seriously injuring the man.

B.C.'s police watchdog has been called in after a police vehicle collided with a pedestrian earlier this week in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside.

The Independent Investigations Office (IIOBC) opened the investigation Sept. 20 after a Vancouver Police Department (VPD) vehicle collided with a pedestrian around 3:20 a.m. earlier in the day. The police vehicle was travelling eastbound in the 100-block of East Hastings Street, according to a media statement.

"The man was transported to the hospital with serious injuries," states the IIOBC.

It's not stated what type of vehicle it was or whether the lights and sirens were on.

In an email to Vancouver Is Awesome the VPD notes they say the man was standing in the road.

"We trust this investigation will shed light on what factors led to the collision, including the reason why the pedestrian was standing motionless in the middle of the road, why the officers did not see the person, the speed of the police vehicle, and other contributing factors," reads the email from the VPD.

Anyone who was a witness to the incident, or has video of what happened, is asked to contact to IIOBC at 1-855-446-8477 or via their website.