Hit-and-run driver who killed 3 Kamloops international students gets 3 years in prison

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The man behind the wheel in a hit-and-run crash that killed three young Nigerian men and injured a fourth in Kamloops, B.C., two years ago has been sentenced to three years in prison.

Reid McKnight, a former Canadian Armed Forces reservist, pleaded guilty to dangerous driving causing death and failing to remain at the scene of a crash.

He was also handed a three-year driving ban and a 10-year firearm ban.

The collision happened around 1:40 a.m. on Nov. 3, 2019, at 1st Avenue and Battle Street.

Police arrived to find four victims in a Dodge Charger, while the driver of the pickup that had hit them had fled.

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Daniel Okocha, 22 and Feyisola (David) Adebowale, 27, died at the scene, while Oluwatosin (Kelvin) Adeojo, 30, died more than a week later in hospital. A fourth man suffered critical injuries.

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All four victims were students or alumni of the Thompson Rivers University international program.

Police previously said the truck driver had sped through a stop sign.

“This was an extremely tragic event for the Kamloops community, particularly for the student body at TRU and its Nigerian population,” Kamloops RCMP Supt. Sydney Lecky said in a media release.

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“Although we know nothing can undo what’s been lost with the lives of these men, or repair the sorrow and heartache suffered as a result, we hope today’s outcome will bring some solace to the victims’ families, friends, and community.”

McKnight had served as a member of the Rocky Mountain Rangers, a unit of reserve infantry soldiers within 39 Canadian Brigade Group.

When he joined the CAF as a soldier in 2007, he served with the 1st Battalion of Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry in Edmonton, a combat unit equipped with light armoured vehicles. He served in Afghanistan between September 2009 and May 2010.

Police said the four young victims were using a designated driver to get home after an evening out.

— with files from Kirsten Robinson

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