bc man wants answers in death of mother reaper

Joanne Cherry, 77, died on October 1, 2021 when her car collided with a reaper on Highway 17A.

A Delta man said police slowly started telling him what led to his mother’s death in a collision with a reaper on a dark country road in 2021.

Joanne Cherry, 77, died at approximately 9:45 p.m. on October 1, 2021. Her 2019 Nissan Sentra crashed into the BC Frozen Foods-owned complex in the 17A and Ladner Trunk Road area. Run by Jasdeep Singh Sandhu, Delta Police Department records acquired by Norm Sherry’s son show.

Those records said the carrier should not be on the road, as its operators have broken at least two regional regulations.

After the investigation was completed, the records said, the criminal charges were not appropriate and no recommendation of a criminal charge was referred to the Public Prosecution.

Norm wants to know why this decision was made and what the charges are in such a case.

“Do you have to kill two people? Does it have to be a family with young children?” he asked. “There is something that does not add anything.”

Inspection of the Delta Police Department. Heath Newton said that the evidence gathered in the investigation did not meet the criteria for indictment under criminal law and that other enforcement actions had been taken.

He said the enforcement actions included an order to inspect the vehicle for safety and repair defects before it can move again, a driver violation card for not having taillights, a violation ticket for not displaying flags on a large vehicle and a violation ticket for not properly equipping the vehicle.

“Since this matter is still before the courts, we cannot comment further,” he said.

BC Frozen Foods did not respond to Glacier Media’s request for comment.

police reports

The police report stated that the machine was operating at night, moving around 30 km/h and had no lights or signal. Chery was traveling about 90 km/h, which is the maximum speed.

There was no street lighting.

The police report stated that “Chery did not monitor the agricultural vehicle due to the lack of taillights and collided with the agricultural vehicle, forcing part of the Nissan under the agricultural vehicle.”

She said Sherry, working the transmission at the Yellow Cab cemetery, drove in the rear of the stuffing without applying the brakes or maneuvering to avoid the collision.

Nissan collapsed under the machine, and its upper part was completely destroyed. The harvester had minor damage to the outside of a bent rim and punctured tire.

Sandhu immediately stopped, checked the Nissan, and called 911.

Police said the headlights on the harvester were working and that the taillights were plugged in. They were unable to determine whether the lights at the scene were operating at the time of the collision. Blinking lamp has been disconnected.

“The farm car was not in a condition to drive on the road,” a report said, later noting that it did not comply with British Columbia’s motoring rules.

The report stated that “a driver approaching the car will find it difficult to notice the danger on the road.”

Sherry was fatally injured and died at the scene despite medical attempts to help her.

Police spoke to witnesses who said they also overtaken the car on the same part of the road and that the harvester was hard to see.

The April 19 Delta Police Department report said the collision investigator’s opinion was that the crash was the result of “BC Frozen Foods’ failure to maintain the farm vehicle, properly train personnel, or even have the knowledge of themselves to safely transport a farm vehicle on a highway.”

Another report said there was “clear and indisputable evidence that BC Frozen Foods was in breach of numerous motor vehicle regulations and Commercial Transportation Act regulations.”

“A witness reported that the driver of the car in which he was traveling swerved at high speed to change lanes to avoid a collision,” the records said.

fixed amount. Andrew St. Arno’s report described the case as a “tragedy”.

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Norm said it took an order from the British Columbia Information and Privacy Commissioner’s office to release the records. He said the police initially told him that only his mother or BC Frozen Foods could request records.

That left him shocked.

“I said: Well, she was killed. You know that right?”

When the records were revealed, they were greatly revised.

“They fought us every step of the way,” he said of the Delta Police. “We also just want to prevent the family from going through this again.”

Norm said the family considered starting a civil lawsuit.

“It’s not about the money,” he said. “It’s about accountability.”

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