A man has now been charged with several offences in relation to the 2022 local hit-and-run that resulted in the death of Gurpreet Sangha, and serious injuries to another woman.
On September 2, 2022 around 11:25 pm, a man driving a white pick up truck around the corner of Pemberton Avenue and Cleveland Avenue lost control. The truck flipped over the sidewalk, and hit two women sitting at the bus stop. Both women were pinned under the overturned vehicle, and while bystanders were tending to the injured women, the driver ran from the scene before the police could come.
On September 16, 2022, Gurpreet Sangha, 44 years old, died in hospital as a result of the injuries sustained from the incident. The second woman, was released from hospital with life altering injuries. The Sea to Sky General Investigation Section (GIS) took conduct of the investigation and worked diligently on gathering evidence, determining the sequence of events, and identifying the driver.
On November 16, 2023, the Sea to Sky GIS team arrested suspect John Cernos. The following six charges were approved by the BC Prosecution Service: Impaired Operation Causing Death, Failure to Stop after an Accident causing Death, and Dangerous Operation causing Death, Impaired Operation Causing Bodily Harm, Failure to Stop after an Accident Causing Bodily Harm, and Dangerous Operation Causing Bodily Harm.
“We need justice for our sisters and we are happy with the RCMP and the Investigative Team for their support through this time. We hope this does not happen to anyone else in the community and that no one has to suffer like we did” said a family member in a press release sent by the police.
“I want to express my deepest gratitude to the families for their unwavering support throughout this difficult period and for their strength that has been a guiding light for our investigators throughout the investigation. I also want to acknowledge the tireless efforts of the Sea to Sky RCMP General Investigation Section and other police units that came together,” said Inspector Robert Dykstra, Officer in Charge for the Sea to Sky RCMP.
“Their commitment over the past 14 months is why several charges have now been laid related to this tragic incident and we can only hope that this will bring some much-needed closure to the families and the community.”