Police in the Sea to Sky region are looking for witnesses after a driver hit and killed a woman and injured another and then fled.
The collision accident shortly after 11:30 p.m. on Sept. 2 involved a truck driving near Pemberton and Cleveland Avenues in Squamish that slammed into a sidewalk, went through a chain link fence and struck the two women at a bus stop.
The driver ran and stays out. A man involved in the truck was found and questioned shortly after the collision, but investigators say they were not given enough information to detain him and he was released.
One woman, 44-year-old Gurpreet Sangha, died in hospital two weeks after the crash, while the other woman has since been released from hospital.
“We have lost a sister, wife, daughter, mother of two teenagers, friend and beloved relative,” a family spokesperson said at a news conference on Thursday. “We, the family, mourn the loss… and lives have changed since the incident.
“We seek justice for Gurpreet and would never want anyone else to go through this kind of pain as a result of a tragic and unnecessary incident. Thank you all for supporting us during these extremely difficult times.”
The Sea to Sky Regional Police Officer, Insp. Robert Dykstra also appealed to the driver on “moral” grounds.
“This tragedy has had a significant impact on the family and community and has been physically and emotionally devastating,” Dykstra said, urging the truck driver to “do the right thing and talk to the police.”
Squamish RCMP is asking anyone who can identify the driver or saw the crash to contact investigators at 604-892-6120.