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Four People Die Over Long Weekend; B.C. Car Crash Lawyers Report

Jeffrey S. Witten, B.A., LL.B.
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Posted on Jul 30, 2013

Our Vancouver car accident attorneys were devastated to learn about four fatal accidents that marred the recent Canada Day long weekend celebration.

According to the B.C. Coroners Service, 23-year-old Richard Martin, 16-year-old Marcos Lara, 72-year-old Edward Simplins, and 25-year-old Tyson Tenale all passed away over the long weekend in separate accidents:

  • Martin was involved in a fatal ATV accident near Tumbler Ridge.
  • Lara, an exchange student from Mexico, who had been in Canada for just a year, fell off Granite Falls north of Vancouver.
  • Tenale died in a single-vehicle crash when his Chevy rolled over near Riske Creek.

Simpkins, meanwhile, died in East Burnaby in a hit-and-run bike accident. The 72-year-old allegedly had been in excellent physical condition. According to this article, his sister Janet Atkinson-Grosjean made an emotional plea to the driver who caused the hit-and-run: “We do understand that the driver must have panicked… speaking for myself, I’m past the anger. I understand what you must have gone through when this happened, and I understand the need to just get away from things. But it’s been a few days now, and you must be feeling an awful lot of guilt. So, please, it’s really time to say enough and come forward.”

Local RCMP said that car that hit Simpkins and drove away from the scene was a two-door coupe, which was described as, “possibly an Acura RSX, Honda Civic, or similar car.” Video footage showed the car hitting the bike, then backing up and driving away.

Our team here at McComb Witten sends its deepest sympathies to the family members of the people who died in these Canada Day weekend crashes. We hope that the driver who caused the bicycle hit and run does come forward, so that Simpkins' family can come to closure on this awful chapter in their lives.

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