The family of a cyclist who was killed in a collision on Richmond’s River Road in November 2016 is appealing to B.C.’s attorney general in their search for justice.
Brad Dean was cycling with friends on River Road when they were allegedly hit by an oncoming vehicle.
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Dean died at the scene, leaving behind a wife and a baby girl he never met.
Michael Fan, the driver, faces a single count of driving with undue care under the Motor Vehicle Act, whose maximum fine is $2,000, a prohibition from driving or six months in prison.
But he’s not being charged criminally, and that’s a decision that outraged Dean’s family.
The Dean family has now appealed to the provincial government in an effort to seek justice for their son.
“We feel that at this time, the attorney general is the only one that could step in and make changes to the charges that have been laid before sentencing, and so we have requested that he review the case,” Lianne Dean, the cyclist’s mother, said.
Dean’s family was at the Richmond Provincial Court on Wednesday as Fan was scheduled to make an appearance.
He did not appear, but he is expected to enter a guilty plea in a subsequent appearance.
Chris Jameson, another cyclist who was hit in that incident, was also present at the courthouse.
He was in a coma for two weeks and he’s still recovering.
“I have a professional job which is now in doubt, had a career that is in doubt,” Jameson said.
“I have a brain injury, I have a one-year-old son who I missed the birth of because I was in hospital.
“I don’t feel like the law is actually protecting vulnerable road users in any way.”