Burnaby woman who died after a crash on Barnet Highway was the victim of a homicide, police say

Burnaby woman who died after a crash on Barnet Highway was the victim of a homicide, police say
Police looking for witnesses after womans death in single-vehicle crash
On Friday, Nov. 16, first responders were called to the 8000-block of Barnet Highway around 10 p.m. after a SUV hit two light posts and crashed into the ditch. When police arrived at the scene they found a man unconscious inside the vehicle. There was also a woman lying nearby who appeared to have been thrown from the vehicle during the crash, according to a press release.

Burnaby RCMP initially reported that the crash was suspicious and that the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team had been deployed to help investigate.

"It was great sadness that we learned of the death of one of our student support workers…. [We wish] to extend our support and condolences to the family. We ask that that the privacy of the family, our staff and students be respected at this time," spokesperson Patricia MacNeil said.

Police have since confirmed that the womans injuries were indicative of foul play, according to the release.

Nicole Porciello, who also used the surname, Hasselmann, according to IHIT, was ejected from a car that crashed into a light pole on Barnet Highway near Texaco Drive around 10 p.m. PT Friday.

The victim has been identified as Nicole Hasselmann, a 34-year-old Burnaby resident (other media outlets had previously identified the victim as Nicole Porciello).

A 34-year-old man survived the crash and is expected to make a full recovery. Police have said they believe Porciello and the man — whose name has not been released — knew each other.

IHIT is asking for the publics help to develop a timeline of Hasselmanns activities leading up to the crash. They are asking that anyone who may have seen her on Friday in Burnaby in the 7000-block of Ridgeview Dr., the 8000-block of Barnet Highway or in Port Moody in the 200-block of College Park Way to call the IHIT tip line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email at [email protected]

"The development of the victim's timeline is important in any homicide investigation and it is proving to be crucial in this case," said IHIT spokesman Cpl. Frank Jang.

The development of the victims timeline is important in any homicide investigation and it is proving to be crucial in this case, IHIT spokesperson Cpl. Frank Jang said in the release.

Police investigating the suspicious death of a Vancouver special education teaching assistant are asking the public for help in piecing together events that led up to her death.

People who may have seen the vehicle Hasselmann was in at any of these locations are also asked to contact police. The vehicle involved in Fridays crash is described as a 2017 charcoal grey Kia Sorento SUV.

In many of Porciello's selfies, she is seen smiling and hugging her 10-year-old son, who friends say she had an "all-encompassing" love for.

The drivers identity has not been released, but police say he and Hasselmann knew each. He remains in hospital but is expected to make a full recovery, according to police.

Porciello was a student support worker at Templeton secondary school and counsellors from the Vancouver School Districts critical incident team were at the school Monday to provide additional support to our students and staff who have been affected, Patricia MacNeil, district spokesperson, said in an email.  They will be also available in the coming days to provide support, as it is needed, she said. Information and resources for parents/guardians on ways to support their child through time of grief is being provided.

BURNABY, B.C. — The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team is asking for the publics help in determining a timeline of events that led to what they say was a womans suspicious death.

The team says RCMP responded to a crash late Friday on Barnet Highway, a busy route along the north side of Burnaby Mountain.

They say both a man and woman were found at the scene and the single-vehicle crash involved a 2017 charcoal grey Kia Sorento sport-utility vehicle.

Anyone who may have seen her on Friday in Burnaby in the 700-block of Ridgeview Drive, the 8000-block of Barnet Highway, or in Port Moody in the 200-block of College Park Way is asked to contact the IHIT tip line at 1-877-551-IHIT (4448) or by email at [email protected]

The team says the man is expected to make a full recovery, but the woman, identified as 34-year-old Nicole Hasselmann of Burnaby, had injuries indicative of foul play and later died in hospital.

Burnaby RCMP initially reported that the crash was suspicious and that the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) had been deployed to help investigate. Police have since confirmed that Porciellos injuries were indicative of foul play.

Anyone with information is asked to come forward and investigators are specifically interested in speaking with anyone who saw the woman or her vehicle on Friday along the 7000-block of Ridgeview Drive in Burnaby, the 200-block of College Park Way in Port Moody or the 8000-block of Barnet Highway in Burnaby.

The development of the victims timeline is important in any homicide investigation and it is proving to be crucial in this case, IHIT spokesperson Cpl. Frank Jang said in the release.

Police say they do not believe the incident was random and there appears to be no risk to public safety.

“The development of the victims timeline is important in any homicide investigation and it is proving to be crucial in this case,” IHIT Corp. Frank Jang said in a statement.