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- Friends of Heather MacLean place flowers and gather around a makeshift roadside memorial on Allenby Road near the Riverside Cabins RV and Camping grounds Monday.
Photograph by: Andrew Leong, for the Pictorial LeaderSource: Cowichan News Leader PIctorial
BRITISH COLUMBIA - Easy to love, quick to laugh and always smiling is how Heather MacLean is remembered.
The 18-year-old died April 1 after being struck twice by vehicles on Allenby Road.
MacLean was out with her friends Thursday night and was just leaving a party at the Riverside Cabins when the incident occurred, RCMP said.
“She came out onto the roadway, I guess in an attempt to cross the road,” said Const. Ed Power, with the Duncan/North Cowichan RCMP detachment.
Pedestrian dies after being struck by two cars
Now MacLean’s friends and family are banding together to cope, erecting a memorial at the Allenby Road site and creating a Facebook group, Memories of Heather MacLean, for loved ones to post photos and messages about the young woman.
“Heather had an awesome sense of humour, just like the rest of our family,” wrote her older sister, Holly, in an emailed statement to local media. “Every family gathering Heather and I would basically entertain everyone with our antics. I will never, ever forget her laugh.”
Holly described her younger sister as outgoing, someone who tried her best at everything she did.
“Heather was a hard person not to love.”
MacLean’s mom, Denise, said Heather loved sunny summer months and tubing the Cowichan River from Lake Cowichan.
“She was a lovable person,” Denise wrote. “Every person who met her fell in love with her. You could never forget her smile or her laugh; they were both very contagious. As soon as she’d laugh, someone else would have to laugh, too. She’s going to be missed and loved by her family and friends forever.”
MacLean’s friends also have fond memories.
“You were one of a kind, always so happy and hyper, never without a smile that’s for sure,” Heidi Miles wrote on MacLean’s Facebook group. “Somehow you knew how to bring people’s moods up with only one word.”
Brandon Atkinson described her as “ a beautiful and fun-loving, warm-hearted person,” and Vicki Searle said she was “a burst of light (and) energy.”
Others, too, are reeling from the tragic incident.
“It’s just such a shame,” said John Langelo.
As manager of Riverside Cabins, Langelo heard the collision from inside his home and was quickly on scene with his girlfriend, Renee.
“Renee was trying to perform CPR on her,” he said Tuesday.
“It’s a parent’s worst nightmare — I have two daughters, and it’s just such a senseless tragedy.”
Power confirmed the motor vehicle incident happened about 10:30 p.m. that evening when MacLean was struck first by a vehicle travelling south on Allenby Road, then by a vehicle travelling in the northbound lane.
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by Cindy Smith
Editor and Founder
Educationforthedrivingmasses.com is a website dedicated to informing Canadians about traffic incidents across the country and providing tips and awareness to prevent future crashes. We also provide fatality tracking, a grim task that shows Canadians the weekly road and off-road toll. These statistics are shown in the charts on the right hand side and further statistics are available in our 2010 report called The Road Toll In Perspective.
This is not a website about blame. This is a website that looks for answers. Our focus is to educate Canadians about the dangers of driving and help all drivers and operators realize we are all susceptible to a collision either because of the poor driving skills and negligence of other drivers, or our own bad decisions.
We aim to make drivers aware there are several factors that cause crashes and what they can do to avoid them such as animals darting across the roadway, falling asleep at the wheel, steering out of a skid on black ice, passing safely, towing properly, staying sober and many more. See Education for the driving masses: Tips
Educationforthedrivingmasses.com is the only educational, news and resource website about transportation in Canada. The website also offers an extensive news archive about traffic and recreational incidents relying heavily on information collected from a vast network of police agencies and media internet feeds.
Education for the Driving Masses (EFTDM) is a not-for-profit organization committed to educating the Canadian motoring public about the need and requirements for driving and/or operating a motor/recreational vehicle with respect, due care and attention, within the law and with skill.
EFTDM advocates for advanced driver's training that includes both collision avoidance and winter defensive driving skills. One of our missions is to make driver's training a mandatory requirement in each province and territory by 2020.
The website was launched in July 2007 by Cindy J. Smith. The website's mandate is dedicated in memory of David Virgoe; a 2010 recipient of the Governor General of Canada's award of bravery for a valiant act he made in June 2007 when he saved hundreds of other drivers' lives by sacrificing his own life after his truck was sent careening out of control on a major Ontario highway after a speeding driver racing two friends collided with Virgoe's transport truck.
In March of 2009 we launched The Drunk Driving Masses. The site's mandate is to detail for Canadians how many people are charged with impaired on a daily basis as there are many Canadians who disbelieve impaired driving is a very real social problem in this country. Impaired driving continues to be the leading criminal cause of death year after year in Canada. More Canadians die at the hands of a drunk driver than by gun or any other act of violent crime.
Driving impaired (by alcohol, drugs or fatigue) is a very real problem in Canada, one that can affect anyone of us at any time. What happened to families who have experienced loss or injury because of drunk driving can happen to you.
Driving after drinking is not a mistake. It's time for people to stop referring to this criminal act as a lapse in judgment or a bad decision.
Driving impaired is a crime.
WHY WE DO IT
I often get asked, mostly by journalists who stumble across the site, why we pull in and post national media coverage of traffic fatalities. This is puzzling to them and also to readers because I, and my co-editor Peter, both live in Ontario. Peter is the editor of our drunk driving website.
So why bother?
The answer is very simple and to quote Peter, it's one thing to read about the fatal crash that happened in your local town or city, offer up a "tsk, tsk" and move on with your day, but to read this website and learn about fatal crashes happening daily in every province quick
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