02/22/2013 11:13 EST | Updated 04/24/2013 05:12 EDT

Fatal Hit And Run A Painful Reminder For Alberta Family


A double hit and run this week in Calgary's northwest is bringing back painful memories for at least one southern Alberta family.

John Sedo, whose stepdaughter was hit by three cars on a highway and no one stopped to help her, was reacting to the death of 56-year-old Wong Shuk Yee on Wednesday.

Wong was hit by two separate drivers as she attempted to cross an intersection, while two other vehicles drove around her as she lay dying on the road.

None of the vehicles remained at the scene.

One driver later contacted police. Steven Jonathan Vanasse, 24, has since been charged with hit and run causing death.

Sedo says the incident hits too close to home.

“That's my daughter, she got hit by a car — actually three of them,” he explained while pointing to a framed photograph across his kitchen table at his home in Morley, west of Calgary.

Brittany Bearspaw was hit on New Year's Day in 2006 on the Trans-Canada Highway, which runs through Morley — part of the Alberta reserve known as Stoney Nakoda Nation.

"If people care, they'll stop, but if they proceed to keep going and avoid — it is very upsetting to know there are people like that out there," he said.

Counsellor urges people to pay attention

The news of Wong's death has Sedo asking an old question again.

“Where are people with compassion? Where are they?” he asked.

Joel Roos, a psychology counsellor, says this might not be a matter of compassion, and that the drivers who drove around Wong might not have even seen her.

“Imagine a moment in rush hour where somebody's only focus is getting to work,” Roos says.

He says everyone would be better off if drivers simply paid more attention to what is going on around them.

In other news, police now say a dark-coloured sedan discovered at the airport with damage to its lower exterior Friday morning is not the second vehicle sought by police in Wednesday's hit and run.

The vehicle was seized and police continue to investigate.

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