Asian Journal has exclusive details and photos of the horrific collision
(Photo 1: Amarpreet Kaur Sivia
Photos 2-4: The crash scene Photos by Amrao Kaler)
A 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 Wednesday at the intersection at 69A Avenue.
All four students 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 passed away. The other pedestrian and driver of the motorcycle were taken to local area hospital with serious injuries.
A South Asian man who did not want his name to be published told Asian Journal on Wednesday 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.
He told me that because he had been through a day course in first aid training, he just ran over the girl who had been dragged by the motorcycle to do what he could to help. He said someone called 911 and then came running to him and put the phone on speaker mode.
He said he administered mouth to mouth to the victim and gave her chest compressions, but he didn’t feel a heartbeat or any pulse. The person at 911 told him to check her heartbeat again. He told them that there were three girls who had been injured and they instructed him to stay with the one he was with. He said he believes she is the one who passed away.
He said that after the first responders arrived and started attending to the three girls, he went over to the motorcyclist who was alone. He was wearing a helmet and told him that he had just attended a class at Kwantlen.
He told me that all three girls and the motorcyclist were South Asians.
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.
Amarpreet Sivia, according to an online profile, liked soccer, volleyball and badminton. She said her favorite technology was her iPod because it was a full entertainment package.
ON Thursday, Surrey RCMP announced that they were 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.
Anyone who may have witnessed this vehicle is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP Criminal Collision Investigation Team (CCIT) at 604-599-0502.
Anyone with more information who has not already spoken to police is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP’s CCIT at 604-599-0502 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
AMARPREET Kaur Sivia’s funeral services will take place on Sunday, September 22 at 3 p.m. at Five Rivers Funeral Home in Delta, followed by Antim Ardas at Surrey’s Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara. There will be a candlelight vigil at 6 p.m. at the gurdwara itself. For offering condolences, please contact Harjeet Singh Sivia at 604-825-1286.