Parents plea to hit-and-run driver: ‘Turn yourself in’
FORT ST. JOHN – Parents of a 14-year-old cyclist killed by a callous hit-and-run driver are in extreme grief over the loss of their only son, cops said on Wednesday.
“The parents of this young man are heartbroken by the loss of their only child. They are urging every parent to love their children and ensure that they are safe when they are out riding their bikes. The parents are pleading with the driver of the vehicle to turn themselves into Police,“ said Const. Jackelynn Passarell who spoke on behalf of the child’s parents.
“The family of the young man does not wish for his name to be released by the RCMP, nor do they wish to speak directly with the media. The family did wish that a plea to the driver of the vehicle be issued requesting that the driver turn themself into authorities,” she said.
Police are continuing to look for the driver who failed to stop after the crash which occurred on Tuesday while the lad was riding his bike with two other friends.
“The young man had been out riding his bike with two friends when he attempted to cross 89 avenue and collided with a west bound vehicle. The vehicle did not stop following the collision and proceeded westbound on 89 avenue,” she said.
“The boy’s friends immediately contacted 911 and began assisting their injured friend. Citizens who came upon the collision also provided assistance to the injured boy until the arrival of the BC Ambulance Service and the Fort St. John Fire Department. The cyclist was not wearing a helmet at the time of the collision,” she added.
Police are looking for a car – possibly red – described as “boxy.” Cops said the vehicle was most likely not a pickup truck.
The RCMP are continuing to follow up on the information that is being provided by the public.
Members of the Criminal Crash Investigation Team have taken over conduct of this investigation and are asking anyone who may have witnessed this collision or who may have been driving or walking in the area on Tuesday, May 11 at 7:30 pm, to contact Police at 250-787-8140.
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