BURNABY (NEWS1130) – The inquest into the death of a Surrey teenager is over.
The jury in the Ashley Guiboche coroner’s inquest have made six recommendations aimed at helping to prevent similar accidents from happening in the future. The 18-year-old was killed after being hit by an RCMP cruiser on King George Boulevard two years ago.
The recommendations include:
– Finding a solution to the jaywalking problem along King George Boulevard between 98 and 100 Avenues. This could include installing an overhead walkway that would run parallel to the tracks at the King George SkyTrain station, signs set up at the east and west sidewalks ordering people to cross at the crosswalks, and that the fence be extended from 98 to 100 Avenues.
– Improved RCMP training for officers on when they should activate their cruisers lights and sirens.
– That an audible text message system be installed in RCMP cruiser computers.
– That RCMP consider installing a recording device in all crusiers that turns on when lights and sirens are activated.
– That senior officers ride along with new officers for one year, up from the current three months.
– A copy of the verdict be given to every officer in the RCMP E Division.
Just before the inquest wrapped up, Lesley Guiboche, Ashley’s mother, was forced to pass along her statement regarding her daughter’s death when she became too emotional to speak.
Court heard Ashley was the first born. She enjoyed girlie things like hair, makeup, singing, and dancing.
She loved to laugh and enjoyed life, she was described as a beautiful, independent woman.
Court also heard how proud she was of her job at Zellers.
She was leaving work the night she was hit near the King George SkyTrain station.
Constable Albert Luk was speeding, looking for a possible stolen car, and didn’t have his lights or sirens activated when the cruiser slammed into Guiboche.
Luk has said he didn’t turn his sirens or lights on because he didn’t want to tip off the possible car thief.