A Go Fund Me page has been set up to help both families impacted by the fatal hit-and-run incident in downtown Squamish earlier this month.
Sam Bir and Steph Towers-Deo are the organizers of the website and are working on the fundraiser with the family.
According to the Squamish RCMP, the hit-and-run incident occurred around 11:25 p.m. on Sept. 2.
The two victims of the crash, Kuljeet Kaur and Gurpreet Sangha, were taken to the hospital. Kaur has since been released from the hospital, but Sangha died on Sept. 16. from her injuries sustained in the incident.
Bir, who owns the restaurant Indian Spice Cuisine, said that Sangha worked at the restaurant and many customers have been asking how they can help.
“I really appreciate our community, they’re very generous,” said Bir.
Bir said the money raised will help with funeral costs and getting Sangha’s husband and children to Squamish as they are currently in India.
She also said that the funding raised would help Kaur and her family with medical costs, due to her travel insurance expiring near the end of September as she was planning on travelling back to India.
“Right now, she has no insurance,” said Bir. “ICBC is not going to cover right away.”
Bir said whatever folks can donate to the families will help.
“Put a little bit, whatever you can,” she said.
As of publication, the Go Fund Me page had raised a little over $13,000 in total. For more information on how to donate, please visit the Go Fund Me page.
Since the incident, police held a press conference urging witnesses of the crash to come forward as well as for the driver of the vehicle to come forward. The vehicle involved was a white 1999 Ford F-250 truck.
While the police said the driver was taken in and questioned the night of the incident, the RCMP released him afterwards, which is why they are asking him to come back in.
The Squamish RCMP ask anyone with information about the incident to contact Const. Pratheep Thavarajah at 647-549-7053 or email at email@example.com.