25-year-old woman dies in hit-and-run crash in Burnaby
A young woman is dead after a two-car accident in Burnaby that police say is a hit-and-run.
Officers are appealing to the two people who fled the accident scene to come forward.
Police say a man and a woman were speeding in a dark-coloured Range Rover down Willingdon Avenue just after midnight. It ran a red light and crashed into a red Toyota travelling on Deer Lake Parkway.
Twenty-five-year-old Emily Sheane, who was driving the Toyota, was killed upon impact. She was coming home from work at Joe Fortes in downtown Vancouver.
A coworker told Global News Sheane has worked there for eight years. She started as a busser and worked her way up to front of house staff. She also did graphic design work on the side. The coworker described Sheane as “artistic, vibrant and always had a smile on her face.”
Burnaby RCMP say that a witness saw a Caucasian woman exiting the suspect vehicle and fleeing the scene. The witness describes the suspect, believed to be in her mid-twenties, as wearing a dark coat, with dirty blonde or light brown hair tied up high into a bun. She may also have facial injuries.
Condolences are pouring in for the young woman on social media – many calling her “talented” and “a beautiful person.”
Police say it appears the Range Rover was “fraudulently obtained” but are not releasing any other details, other than the fact it was part of a RCMP alert about a week ago.
“The airbags from the suspect vehicle deployed, and the police believe the two people inside this vehicle were injured as a result,” said Cpl. Daniela Panesar with Burnaby RCMP. “It is very likely we will gather DNA evidence from that vehicle so it is only a matter of time before we are able to identify the people involved.”
“Because of that, we urge them to turn themselves in to police immediately.”
The accident has now been cleared.
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