Special-ed teacher killed in suspicious single-vehicle crash in Burnaby

Special-ed teacher killed in \suspicious\ single-vehicle crash in Burnaby
Burnaby woman who died after a crash on Barnet Highway was the victim of a homicide, police say
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.

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.

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.

Nicole Porciello, who also went by the last name Hasselmann, died over the weekend after a single-vehicle crash Friday night. First responders were called to the 8000-block of Barnet Highway around 10 p.m. after an SUV hit two light posts and crashed into the ditch. Burnaby RCMP arrived to find a man unconscious inside the vehicle. Porciello was lying nearby, it appeared that she had been thrown from the vehicle during the crash, police said in a press release.

Investigators want to speak with anyone who saw Porciello or the grey Kia Sorento SUV she was riding in at three locations: 

Our sincerest & heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Nicole Porciello, support worker for students at @TempletonVSB39. She was dearly loved by all who knew & interacted with her at Temp & @DrARLord @VSB39; students, teachers, staff & families. She will be missed. ❤️

"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.

Anyone with information about what happened is asked to call the IHIT Information Line at 1-877-551-4448 or email [email protected]  

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.

Friends and family have confirmed Porciello was a student support worker at Templeton Secondary School in Vancouver.

"She left behind a son and my heart breaks for him and all of her family and friends," former schoolmate Amberlie Stade told CBC.

Anyone who saw the vehicle Porciello was in, which is described as a 2017 charcoal grey KIA Sorento SUV, at any of those locations are also asked to contact investigators.

On social media, friends and family sent dozens of messages of condolence to Porciello's family.

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

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.

A Burnaby woman killed in a suspicious crash on Barnet Highway Friday was a student support worker at Templeton secondary school in Vancouver.

The Vancouver School Board said counsellors from the district's critical incident team were sent to Templeton to help students and staff with grief.

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.

Staff described her as "extraordinary" and part of a tight-knit family in the special education classroom.

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.

"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.

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.

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“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.

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.

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.

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

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

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

The victim has been identified as Nicole Hasselmann, a 34-year-old Burnaby resident (other media outlets had identified the victim as Nicole Porciello, and police have confirmed she went by both last names).

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 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.

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.

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.