A 16-year-old girl was struck and killed while waiting at a bus stop in Kamloops, B.C. on Friday evening, just hours before her birthday. Her body was left on the side of the road.
The family of Jennifer Gatey is devastated by her death. They say the teen would have turned 17 on Saturday and describe her as intelligent, athletic and fun loving.
“Take the saddest you’ve ever been and multiply it by a million – that’s how I felt,” Cameron Gatey, Jennifer’s father says.
According to RCMP, someone in the neighbourhood heard the collision and went to check the scene before calling police.
“You can’t imagine how upsetting it is that someone could hit and kill someone and just leave them by the side of the road,” says Gatey.
RCMP say the type of vehicle involved is not clear but that it may have damage on the front passenger side. They are currently trying to identify the make and model of the car as well as the driver.
Meanwhile, Gatey’s family is asking whoever was involved in the hit-and-run to turn themselves in.
“You’ve ruined a whole bunch of lives,” says Gatey. “Turn yourself into police and do the right thing.”
Investigators are looking for witnesses in the neighbourhood as well as any surveillance video from nearby homes.
With a report from CTV Vancouver