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Second-degree murder charge in ‘suspicious’ death in Burnaby crash

Last Updated Nov 30, 2018 at 6:38 pm PDT

Thirty-four-year-old Nicole Hasselmann died in hospital following a crash in Burnaby.

A 31-year-old man has been charged in relation with the death of 34-year-old Nicole Porciello

Police say the two knew each other

At the time of the crash, homicide investigators said Porciello's injuries indicated foul play

BURNABY (NEWS 1130) – A day before Nicole Porciello’s funeral, a 31-year-old man has been charged with second-degree murder in connection to her death.

Integrated Homicide Investigators say Jan Poepl has been arrested and charged in connection to the death of the 34-year-old woman.

Porciello, who also went by Nicole Hasselmann, died in hospital following a car crash on Barnet Highway on Nov. 16. She was a special education assistant and left behind a 10-year-old son.

Investigators later said the woman’s injuries indicated foul play.

“We recognize that this is a very difficult time for Nicole’s family as they are grieving for her death. And we hope that we are able to provide them with some answers.” Cpl. Frank Jang told NEWS 1130. “They are going through so much right now, arranging the funeral and just grieving for their loss.”

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Police say the man charged and Hasselmann were known to each other.

Investigators say this was an isolated incident, noting there was no risk to the public.

“We’ve done what we can to find answers and obviously this isn’t going to bring Nicole back but we just hope that we were able to provide some answers to their questions and this will hopefully help them in their journey towards healing,” Jang added.

A message shared on social media says Porciello was a “bright candle” that was blown out but that will “forever shine” in people’s hearts.

“She brought joy, happiness and positive enlightenment to everyone she encountered. She had nothing but kindness and unconditional love for family and friends,” read the message.

Poepl’s first court appearance will be on Nov. 30.