A widow struggled through tears Saturday as she pleaded for anyone with information about the hit and run collision that killed her husband to come forward.
"I don't know how I'm going to carry on with a long life ahead being a mom and a dad for the kids. It's a huge loss for the family. Please, I plead, kindly come forward and help us," said Gurpreet Sidhu, as she stood with her sons, aged five and 12, next to the crosswalk where her husband was struck Oct. 5.
Paramjeet Sidhu, 46, went for a walk that evening around 9 p.m. in their Terwillegar neighbourhood. He was struck in the middle of a marked crosswalk at Rabbit Hill Road and Hodgson Boulevard. It connects two residential neighbourhoods and there is a commercial complex south of the site, from which police are reviewing video footage.
Paramjeet Sidhu died Thursday night of his injuries.
He was the second Edmonton pedestrian in two days to die after being struck by vehicles in marked crosswalks.
A 65 year old woman was killed Friday night at 71st Street and 86th Avenue around 9;15 p.m. by a vehicle driven by a suspected drunk driver. Anton Magas, 77, faces two charges, including impaired driving causing death.
Gurpreet Sidhu said her family moved to Edmonton from India in 2010. She and her husband were both physicians in their home country.
"He was a very loving father, a great husband. Every day I used to come home from work, he would wait for me," Gurpreet Sidhu said.
Investigators believe the vehicle involved in the hit and run was a late model (late 1990's or early 2000's) four door, light coloured sedan. It likely sustained damage to the front bumper, hood and possibly a cracked windshield on the passenger side.
"Humans make mistakes," Gurpreet Sidhu said.
She asked anyone with information on the collision to "have courage" and come forward, so that her family can have closure.
Nine pedestrians have been killed this year in traffic collisions in Edmonton. There were 298 collisions involving pedestrians in 2013, causing 311 pedestrian injuries. Of those, six were fatal.