One charged in May White Rock fatal hit and run

After an extensive two-month investigation led by Surrey RCMP Serious Crime Section, charges have been laid in the hit and run death of a 56-year-old Marilyn Laursen of White Rock.

A 19-year-old male from Surrey has been arrested and charged in connection with the incident.

“This was a tragic incident that had a profound effect on the people of this community,” said S/Sgt. Lesli Roseberry, White Rock RCMP Detachment Commander. “I have no doubt that many will feel a sense of relief that a suspect has been charged and will be brought before the courts.”

At its peak, about 40 officers worked on the complex case which was approached just as a homicide would be. The Surrey RCMP Serious Crime Section led the investigation with the support of White Rock RCMP, the Integrated Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Service (ICARS) and Integrated Forensic Identification Services (IFIS) and other sections from the Lower Mainland District and across the province.

“The men and women who worked on this file went above and beyond to bring this to a resolution,” said Bill Fordy, head of the Surrey RCMP Investigative Services Section. “We were all very pleased to be able to tell Marilyn Laursen’s family that a suspect was charged.”

On May 18, 2011 at approx 9:40 pm a White Rock RCMP officer was in a marked RCMP police vehicle when he attempted to stop a vehicle at Johnston Road, south of Thrift Avenue. The vehicle’s driver failed to respond and continued northbound on Johnston Road at a high rate of speed.

The officer activated his emergency equipment in a further effort to stop the vehicle. The vehicle then hit Marilyn Laursen in the north crosswalk at the intersection of Johnston Road and Thrift Avenue. The vehicle failed to stop, fleeing north on Johnston Rd. It was later located by officers, abandoned in the area of 160 Street and King George Highway, Surrey.

Despite the officer’s efforts and those of paramedics to help the woman, she was pronounced dead at hospital.

Kyle Brandon DANYLIUK is facing six charges: fail to stop at the scene of an accident causing death, fail to stop at the scene of an accident causing bodily harm, dangerous driving causing death, dangerous driving causing bodily harm, flight from police causing death and flight from police causing bodily harm.

He was released from custody by a Justice of the Peace. He will next appear in Surrey Court on Monday, July 25, 2011.

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