Father of B.C. boy on life support after hit-and-run calls for tougher impairment laws

‘The law has got to be changed’ said Tony Brown

Tony Brown thinks tougher drinking and driving laws should be an election issue after the hit and run that sent his 12-year-old son Jesse to hospital with critical injuries.

Brown told The Langley Advance Times that Jesse suffered multiple broken bones in his face, as well as a broken arm and fractures to his back when he was hit by a Nissan Pathfinder driven by a 29-year-old Langley woman on Friday, Sept. 13.

It happened around 3:30 p.m. in the 4900-block of 232nd Street in Langley, not far from Peterson Road Elementary, where Jesse is a Grade 7 student.

“He was walking home from school,” Brown said.

As of Saturday, Jesse remained unconscious on life-support and has undergone 11 hours of surgery, Brown said.

“He’s been out the whole time,” Brown said.

READ MORE: Police looking at other collisions linked to impaired driver who allegedly struck Langley 12-year-old

The driver fled the scene and was found later and taken into custody, said RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Holly Largy.

A male passenger was also arrested after he allegedly attempted to hide the vehicle after the collision, Largy added.

Police said the crash that injured Jesse Brown was one of a series of car collisions involving young victims.

It is believed the same driver struck an 18-year-old leaving school near Langley Secondary School at about 3:10 p.m. the same afternoon. The teen sustained injuries requiring medical care, but was treated and released from the hospital, Largy said.

Largy added that there may have been other collisions linked to the same driver.

“Investigators believe the Nissan Pathfinder travelled quite significantly around the Lower Mainland in advance of the Langley collisions,” Largy said.

“It is possible they drove through Aldergrove, Walnut Grove, Downtown Vancouver, North Vancouver and finally Surrey before returning to Langley and may have been involved in other collisions.”

The 29-year-old suspect was given a demand for a breath sample by a police officer, and initially refused, Largy said. She provided samples later in the evening that showed she exceeded the legal blood alcohol limit.

The woman was released from custody after being served with an Administrative Driving Prohibition.

Brown called that “outrageous.”

“I just can’t believe the law. Anyone who commits an offence like that shouldn’t be released after seven hours,” Brown said.

“It doesn’t make sense.”

Brown said he would like to see tougher penalties for drinking and driving become an election issue during the current federal campaign.

”The laws have got to be changed,” Brown said.

READ MORE: Long road in fight against impaired driving

Anyone that witnessed either collision or others involving the Nissan Pathfinder and has not spoken to police is asked to call Langley RCMP at 604-532-3200.

_________________________________

Is there more to this story?

Email: dan.ferguson@langleyadvancetimes.com

Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter

_________________________________

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

EDITORIAL: Revisiting alcohol consumption

A proposal to allow alcohol consumption in some public spaces in Penticton deserves consideration

Okanagan Skaha School District to reopen playgrounds

Facilities will reopen to the public on June 1

Gas prices rising across the Okanagan, Shuswap

Prices at some gas stations in the Okanagan sit around 115 cents a litre

Be prepared for high water, says RDOS

Higher than average water detected around the Ashnola Rover and Similkameen River

Poll: Should Penticton allow drinks on the beach?

Legally drinking in some Penticton parks and beaches could become a reality as early as June 5

Only four new COVID-19 cases, 228 active across B.C.

Health officials watching as activities ramp up

Parts of the TCT through Princeton will open to motorized vehicles Monday

Parts of the KVR trail through Princeton will open for motorized vehicles… Continue reading

Feds looking at ways to reunite families amid COVID-19 border restrictions with U.S.

Some families with members of dual-citizenship have become separated due to the pandemic

Condition in kids with possible COVID-19 link being studied in Canada

This month, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an alert to doctors about MIS-C

North Okanagan farmers’ markets excited to welcome artisans back amid COVID-19

Provincial health officer announced non-food items to return to markets this weekend

‘I knew what he wanted’: Kootenay man spends hours in tree as black bear patrols below

Francis Levasseur is no stranger to the outdoors, but a recent run-in with a bear caused quite a scare

COVID cancelled their wedding plans, so they married on a BC mountaintop

Ceremony was live streamed to friends and family around the world

Mother duck and babies rescued from Highway 97 in Lake Country

The mother and nine ducklings were taken to Duck Lake

Chef brings farm-to-table approach to new Shuswap restaurant

Darren Bezanson opening Bistro 1460 at Hilltop Inn

Most Read