The father of a 15-year-old girl who was killed in a car crash on Maple Ridge’s Haney Bypass last Mother’s Day is demanding safety improvements on the stretch of road after another fatal crash over the weekend.
A woman was killed Saturday night in a head-on collision along the bypass near Burnett Street.
Jeff Struchtrup, who lost his daughter, Katelynn, in May, says it’s all too familiar.
“It brings back memories. It’s tough. My sister, actually, she was a witness to that accident on Saturday night. It hit her quite hard. She was unable to sleep that night. It brought a whirlwind of emotions back.”
Struchtrup says he will soon present his “Petition for Katie’s Corner” to City Hall.
Carole Kirkland is Katelynn’s grandmother.
She says visits the crash site every week.
Kirkland reads a letter she wrote the mayor to CKNW.
“‘I go there now every Sunday, but I choose carefully the time of day I go there. My reason for this is that the amount of vehicles, and the speed at which they travel is hair raising. I drive this road a few times a week for work, but until I became a bystander at my granddaughter’s memorial site, I never realized how busy and dangerous this stretch of road was.'”
Maple Ridge Mayor says she is fed up
“I’m frustrated. We have deep concerns in the city about the safety on the Haney Bypass.”
Nicole Read says the Ministry of Transportation, which is responsible for the road, should conduct a full engineering study to make it safer.
“The lighting down the Haney Bypass, ultimately we’d like to see the Haney Bypass four-laned, with significant safety improvements, and improvements to the intersections at both ends.”
She adds she wants to see improvements before more people lose their lives.
B.C. government responds
The Ministry of Transportation says safety upgrades are in the works.
The province plans to expand the entire roadway from Pitt Meadows to Mission to four lanes with median barriers.
It’s also looking at safety enhancements on Highway 7 at the intersection of Callahan Ave, where Katelynn was killed.