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Family of teen killed in Edmonton hit and run prepares for trial Monday

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It's been nearly two-and-a-half years since 16-year-old Chloe Wiwchar was killed crossing Kingsway by an alleged impaired driver. On the eve of the trial, her father says the pain is still just as raw as the day he found out she was dead. Sarah Ryan has the story – Oct 2, 2020

Ahead of a trial for the man accused of killing a teenager in a hit-and-run crash in Edmonton, the victim’s father says his pain is still just as raw as it was back in April 2018.

“It’s been two-and-a half years, and it might as well have been yesterday,” Michael Wiwchar said.

Sixteen-year-old Chloe Wiwchar was coming home from her boyfriend’s residence the night she died. She got off the bus and went to use a crosswalk at Kingsway and Tower Road.

Edmonton police investigating the death of a woman who was hit in a crosswalk on Kingsway Avenue near 113 Street/Tower Road on Sunday, April 15, 2018.
Edmonton police investigating the death of a woman who was hit in a crosswalk on Kingsway Avenue near 113 Street/Tower Road on Sunday, April 15, 2018. Global News

Police allege that a driver ran her over and fled the scene.

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The suspect was followed by an off-duty police officer, who had stopped to let Chloe cross.

READ MORE: 16-year-old girl killed in hit-and-run collision on Kingsway: ‘May your heart rest easy’

Michael remembers getting the call from the Royal Alexandra Hospital that night. He said staff asked him to come in regarding Chloe.

“I was like, ‘What happened? What happened?’ he recalled.

“I just figured, typical teenager, out partying too much.”

But as Michael drove past the crash scene en route to the hospital, he found out his daughter was dead.

Police arrested 47-year-old lawyer Shane Stevenson and charged him with impaired driving causing death, over 80mg% causing death and hit and run causing death.

READ MORE: Lawyer accused in Edmonton teen’s death was charged with impaired driving before

The news broke Michael. He said he still struggles at work and at home with his family.

“(I’m) taking meds and doing therapy, basically trying to put Humpty Dumpty back together again,” he said.

Michael said the ripple effect impacted Chloe’s extended family, her co-workers at what is now called the Edmonton Convention Centre, her teachers at school and her friends — some of whom he says didn’t graduate that year as a result of the trauma.

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Chloe Wiwchar, 16.
Chloe Wiwchar, 16. Facebook

Stevenson is due in court Monday for the start of his trial. He’s been out on bail the entire time.

“The court process — in my view — is completely broken,” Michael said.

“Two-and-a-half years of no movement on anything, no further steps towards closure — no nothing.”

He said he is hopeful that Monday’s proceedings will bring him some peace, but said nothing will bring back his daughter.

Chloe would have been 19 years old now. Michael hopes she would have followed her goal of helping people as a social worker and gone to school at MacEwan University.

“Sticking to her studies, you know, have her own place, her own vehicle — just living life,” he said.

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Chloe’s parents plan on being in court on Monday. It will be a no-jury trial.

Shane Stevenson.
Shane Stevenson. Facebook