Police Seeks Witness Driver As Family Mourns Their Bright Young Daughter Who Died In Horrific Crash

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The young Surrey high school student Amarpreet Kaur Sivia, who died following a horrific accident with a speeding motorcycle Wednesday morning, was youngest of three sisters, a soccer and volleyball player and one of the top academic students at Princess Margret Secondary School.

SURREY – Princess Margret Secondary School Grade 12 student Amarpreet Sivia was struck and killed while crossing 128 Street with two other teens when they were struck by a motorcycle.

The collision happened at about 11:30 a.m. Wednesday morning. Surrey RCMP said the yellow motorcycle was travelling southbound on 128 Street when it struck the girls near 69 Avenue. The driver and the teens were all unconscious when police initially arrived.

Sivia, 16, died from her injuries while the two other girls – identified as Jaspreet Dhami and Shahana Samira – and the rider were taken to hospital in serious condition. The condition of one teen and the 20-year-old driver, who is also being identified as Indo-Canadian, were upgraded to stable Thursday morning, and the other teen, a 17-year-old, has minor injuries. The girls were outside of a marked crosswalk when they were struck.

Sivia is the daughter of Harjit Singh Sivia. The Sivia family, which belongs to the Ludhiana district of Punjab from the village Soojapur Waraich, came to Canada in 2002.

Sivia, an honour roll student and youngest of three sisters, is being remembered as a sweet girl with a beautiful smile.

“She was a very nice girl,” one of Sivia’s friends told CTV News. “She was a leader in the school, someone you can rely on. It’s just very shocking.”

Social media tributes by Sivia’s friends say she was a dedicated student with a warm smile.

A Facebook post honouring the Princess Margaret Secondary student read: “RIP beautiful. You will always be in our hearts.” A social media profile for Sivia said she liked volleyball and soccer as well.

One classmate and Twitter user said “I know you’re gonna be looking down smiling at us all, your grad class! Forever in our hearts love, rest in paradise Amarpreet Sivia.”

Another said “Last year I met such a sweet girl who had an absolutely gorgeous smile. Rest in peace Amarpreet, prayers go out to the Sivia family.”

Others sent good wishes to the other victims, with one girl stating “Life goes so quickly,” and urging drivers to slow down.

There are four lanes of traffic on the road, and residents say students on their break will dart across the street to local businesses to get snacks before class.  There is no crosswalk directly in front of the school, and no easy way for students to cross the lanes without jaywalking.

Police haven’t said whether speed is a factor in the crash, and say the investigation is ongoing into the cause of the accident.

Authorities are looking to speak to the driver of a vehicle that was passed by the motorcyclist before the collision. Investigators believe the motorcycle was in the slow lane when it changed lanes to get around another vehicle.

In wake of the accident, there has been a new call for a crosswalk at that location and Surrey is now re-examining such plans.

In July, 2011, the City of Surrey embarked on a study of the engineering requirements of all school areas within the city, reported Surrey Leader.

That included the strip along 128 Street that serves Kwantlen Polytechnic University and Princess Margaret Secondary where Wednesday’s collision occurred.

The study concluded that a crosswalk would be needed just south of 72 Avenue on 128 Street, according to Surrey’s General Manager of Engineering Vincent LaLonde.

The study found there was a high amount of pedestrian traffic at 72 Avenue (where there’s a lighted crossing) and also at 70 Avenue, which both have commercial areas that attract students.

The determination was to build a crosswalk 150 meters south of 72 Avenue in 2014.

LaLonde said he will be in touch with the RCMP to determine if the crosswalk is being planned for the best location.

Police remained on the scene Thursday morning, a bouquet of flowers tied to a tree near where the collision occurred. A speeding pick-up truck was pulled over while police were there.

Investigators attempted to re-create the moments before the accident, with two plain-clothes officers walking across the street, while another rode a motorcycle down different lanes at various speeds, wearing a camera on his helmet.

Surrey RCMP are looking to speak to the driver of a vehicle that was passed by the motorcyclist prior to Wednesday’s crash. The initial investigation, police said, has indicated the driver was in the slow lane when it changed lanes and went around another vehicle before colliding with the students.

“We’re looking for the driver and or passengers that might have seen that accident happen right in front of them,” said Surrey RCMP Cpl. Bert Paquet.

Anyone who witnessed the incident who has not spoken to police is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP Criminal Collision Investigation Team (CCIT) at 604-599-0502.