Man sentenced in fatal pedestrian hit and run
2020-09-10 15:13 PDT
File # 2018-7847
Maple Ridge, B.C – A man has plead guilty and was formally charged in court in relation to a fatal pedestrian hit and run incident which occurred in April of 2018.
On Thursday, April 12, at around 9:55pm Tassis Vix, a pedestrian was struck by a vehicle travelling West bound in the 21800 block of Lougheed Highway. Tassis Vix, a local resident and beloved mother, was tragically killed as a result. The suspect vehicle did not remain in the area and fled the scene.
Investigators worked tirelessly in a 14 month long investigation culminating in Surrey resident Mr. Micheal Howard Thomas being charged on July 19, 2019 in Provincial Court with;
- Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death
- Fail to stop at a scene of an accident causing death
On September 9, 2020 Mr. Howard was convicted and sentenced in Provincial Court to the following:
- 2 years minus a day
- 3 years of probation
- Prohibited driving for 5 years upon his release.
This incident touched and emotionally impacted the first responders and the community as a whole causing an overwhelming response from the public, states Superintendent Jennifer Hyland.
For this reason we feel it pertinent to share with the community the results of these court proceedings. Nothing is going to bring Tassis back, her mother has lost a daughter, her brother has lost a sister and her daughter will grow up without a mother. Our heartfelt wishes are for some closure for this family and the inexplicable loss.
Cst. Julie KlaussnerMedia Relations Officer
Ridge Meadows RCMP
ridgemeadows.rcmp-grc.gc.ca (English only)
11990 Haney Place Maple Ridge, BC V2X 9B8
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