SUV speeds through red light, kills woman driving home from work
Published Thursday, March 10, 2016 8:32AM PST
Last Updated Friday, March 11, 2016 9:01AM PST
Family and friends are mourning a young Burnaby woman who was killed in a hit-and-run while driving home from work late Wednesday night.
Emily Sheane, a 25-year-old employee of Joe Fortes restaurant in Vancouver, was heading eastbound on Moscrop Street when she was broadsided by a Range Rover shortly before midnight.
Mounties estimate the luxury SUV was speeding at 100 kilometres an hour when it T-boned Sheane’s much smaller car and crushed it.
Sheane died instantly.
On Thursday, flowers were laid on a detached hubcap at the scene, marking a makeshift memorial.
Family friend Kristel Ellis said the sudden tragedy has left Sheane’s loved ones devastated.
“It’s extremely tragic,” Ellis said. “Someone coming home from work and living an innocent life and that happens. It’s terrible.”
The force of the collision sent the SUV flying over a sidewalk, where it took out a guard rail and a red light camera.
Mounties said the high speed indicates the driver had a complete disregard for public safety, or was even potentially impaired.
Witnesses told investigators that after the crash they saw a man and woman jump out of the Range Rover and run away down Willingdon Avenue.
No suspect description has been released for the man, but the woman is believed to be white, in her mid-20s, with prominent facial features and dirty blonde or light-brown hair that was tied up in a bun.
She also might have been wearing a dark coat, possibly a trench coat.
Both suspects are believed to have left behind DNA, including blood and hair, at the scene and the RCMP said it’s just a matter of time before they’re caught.
“They may as well just come forward,” Cpl. Daniela Panesar told reporters at an afternoon press conference.
The RCMP said the Range Rover was “fraudulently obtained,” but not stolen. They have asked anyone who saw it over the past week to call them.
With a report from CTV Vancouver’s Jon Woodward