GUELPH, Ont. – Guelph police say speed and the wet and icy road conditions caused the crash that killed Const. Jennifer Kovach on March 14.
Guelph police chief Bryan Larkin added that Kovach was not wearing her seatbelt at the time of the crash.
“While seat belt use is a statutory requirement for all drivers, tragically given the circumstances of the collision it is likely to have afforded little benefit as Cst. Kovach suffered significant trauma to her torso and head.”
Guelph chief Bryan Larkin released the news on Wednesday afternoon, following a lengthy investigation.
Kovach, 26, was responding to a call to assist another officer when she lost control of her cruiser and hit a Guelph Transit bus.
The bus Kovach’s cruiser collided with had no passengers at the time and the bus driver had only minor injuries.
Police have said they believe Kovach lost control of her cruiser, crossed the centre line and hit the transit bus.
Kovach had joined the force four years earlier, fulfilling what relatives have said was her lifelong dream.
Chief Larkin added Kovach had four years of service to the police force and many years of volunteer work throughout the community.