Fatal Vancouver Pedestrian Crash Kills Surrey High School Student
Posted on Nov 23, 2013
Our Vancouver pedestrian accident attorneys were saddened to read about the death of a teenage girl at Princess Margaret Secondary School.
16-year-old Amarpreet Sivia died when a motorcycle hit her in late September in Surrey. Two other girls were hurt in the accident—one seriously. In addition, the 20-year-old motorcycle driver was seriously injured. The girls had been crossing the street at 69A Avenue and 128th Street at around 11:30 a.m.
According to a report from The Vancouver Sun, local residents believe that section of the road is very dangerous. One witness said students from Princess Margaret often “jaywalk across four lanes in the middle of a very long block to get cheap slices of pizzas or samosas during lunch.”
The girls were not at a marked crosswalk, when a southbound motorcycle hit them. The male driver of the motorcycle—along with one of the girls—was airlifted for emergency care at Royal Columbian and Vancouver General Hospitals.
Witnesses described the horrific aftermath of the crash. Debris from the yellow motorcycle littered the crash site, as did purses, clothes, and shoes from the girls.
A local business owner, Heman Aggarwal, told The Sun that students often cross the four- lane road to get food and hang out when they get breaks from class. He said, “In their break time, a lot of them cross. But there’s no crosswalk, nothing, nothing, it’s the same every day.”
Surrey Mounties are working in conjunction with school officials to understand what happened and to avert similar situations in the future.
Sivia was remembered as a popular, engaging, and friendly girl. One Twitter user, under the name of ekooner16, wrote “last year I met such a sweet girl who had an absolutely gorgeous smile… rest in peace Amarpreet, prayers go out to the Sivia family.”
The Vancouver pedestrian accident lawyers at McComb Witten send sincere condolences to the friends and family of Amarpreet Sivia and offer best wishes for a full recovery to those injured in the crash.