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Candlelight vigil held for man killed in Vancouver hit-and-run

Crowds gather to remember Donnell Auger, who was killed by a hit-and-run driver on Thursday morning. .
Crowds gather to remember Donnell Auger, who was killed by a hit-and-run driver on Thursday morning. . Global News

Several dozen family members, friends and supporters of a man killed in a hit and run on Kingsway early Thursday morning gathered to honour his memory Friday evening.

Family members have identified 39-year-old Donnell Auger, a father of three, as the victim of the collision.

Suzette Amaya with her brother Donnell Auger.
Suzette Amaya with her brother Donnell Auger. Suzette Amaya / Facebook

“All he cared about was landscaping and his children and his friends and his family. He was a very happy-go-lucky guy who was very humorous, fun to be around,” Auger’s sister Suzette Amaya told Global News.

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“Everyone had a good time around him, he just loved life. This is going to be really hard for his children, and he was really close with my brother.”

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According to police, the crash happened around 3 a.m. on Kingsway near Glen Drive. A passerby found Augur with serious injuries and called 911. He was taken to hospital but did not survive.

The driver did not remain at the scene.

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Amaya said supporters chose the scene of the collision at Kingsway and Glen as the location of the vigil intentionally.

“We know that my brother didn’t pass away until he was in the hospital, but he spent his final moments alone on the streets,” she said.

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“So we want to be there with him, because we feel just really torn apart that someone could just leave him, hit him and leave him.”

The 54-year-old driver in the collision has since come forward to police, and his vehicle has been seized.

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Police said the driver has since been released from custody, and potential charges will be determined after a full investigation.

-With files from Robyn Crawford and Shrushti Gangdev