City of Surrey finally wakes up to need for crosswalk where 16-year-old Amarpreet Kaur Sivia was killed

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The accident scene. Photo by Amrao Kaler

 

BACK in September when Princess Margaret Secondary School student Amarpreet Kaur Sivia, 16, was killed and two other school students were severely injured when a Kwantlen Polytechnic University student on a motorcycle that was southbound on 128th Street ran into them at about 11:30 a.m. on September 18 at the intersection at 69A Avenue, Asian Journal wrote:
 
“Unfortunately, the City of Surrey has ignored requests for a crosswalk on that stretch of the road on some technical pretext or the other. Isn’t there something called COMMON SENSE? It’s time that Surrey Mayor Dianne Watts and her councillors do something about it.”
 
Well, finally this week, the City of Surrey told the media that it will install a crosswalk at that section of the road. The final plan is expected to be ready before Christmas and will be sent to the city’s transportation council.

 

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Amarpreet Kaur Sivia

 

All four students involved in the accident were South Asians.
 
The injured school students were identified as Jaspreet Dhami and Shahana Samira by their friends.
 
Two of the pedestrians were taken to hospital by air ambulance with critical injuries, but one of them, Sivia, passed away. The other pedestrian and driver of the motorcycle were taken to local area hospital with serious injuries.
 
A South Asian man told Asian Journal that he was on his phone while he was sitting on a fire hydrant, waiting to get a ride from a friend who was inside an office, when he heard the loud noise of a motorcycle speeding. He looked up and saw a girl in the air and another being dragged by the motorcycle for a good 20-25 feet. Another girl had also been hit, but she fell to the side.
 
Surrey RCMP are still looking to speak with the driver of the vehicle that the motorcyclist passed by, leading up to this collision. The initial investigation has indicated that the motorcyclist was travelling southbound on 128th Street in the slow lane when he changed lanes around another vehicle (unknown make, model, colour) before colliding with the three students.