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Today marks the first anniversary of the horrific toll-gate motor-vehicle accident in which 13 people, including three minors, were killed.
Mohammed Ishaq, 25, was one of the deceased. The medical student was crossing through the toll-gate when a truck going the other way jumped the centreline on the bridge.
Lazio Urquhart, 29, was trying to help Mohammed across the ramp when he lost his balance and fell into the ravine. As he was still bleeding, another truck slammed into him.
Maisie Purohit, 22, was driving the truck. She also lost her life.
She was planning to transfer to UBC in the fall.
Distraught passengers were also killed in the tragedy. One was American Terry Ellington, who used to teach physics at both North and South Vancouver high schools. Ellington, a father of three young children, had attended a school concert on September 24.
On a Facebook post, Amparo of Witness to Deaths notes: “Our dear friend Terry Ellington has just lost his life on the fifth anniversary of his brother.”
On September 25, Maisie thanked people for their prayers and messages of support.
“As a family, we can make no progress other than having our loved ones in our hearts and prayers every day,” she wrote. “12 months later, I am still in a very deep depression. I take medication to make me feel better, but it does not work.”
She also posted this moving image:
“With special appreciation to the police and accident reconstructionists. Without their relentless work and fantastic road engineers, this would be possible, but they are unrecognized. This trauma could not have been endured without their efforts.”
Late last month, Amanda Putney-Booth, 41, of North Vancouver, became the 13th victim of the toll-gate tragedy.
Before this happened, she began a silent vigil in her son Sam’s memory outside the toll-gate where he had passed away.