A Vanderhoof RCMP media release indicates police are continuing their investigation into a fatal pedestrian crash that took place in Vanderhoof at 3:00 a.m. Monday October 2, 2017 on Burrard Avenue near Omineca Street.
Upon arrival police found the woman had been struck by a pickup truck. She was taken to the hospital and later succumbed to injuries sustained in the collision. The driver of the truck remained on scene and has been spoken to by police.
The identity of the fatally struck female pedestrian has not yet been officially released by police or the coroner, however family and friends confirmed the victim was 26 year old Jyllian Giesbrecht and that “She was hit by a pickup truck early Monday morning.”
There is a memorial of flowers and candles close to the intersection of Omineca and Burrard main street including a poster with photographs of the beautiful young woman and her small child. On the poster is written “In loving memory of Jyllian Giesbrecht.” This is the spot where a group gathered at 8:00 p.m. the same day for a candlelight vigil to remember and honour her.
A memorial service took place 2:00 p.m. Saturday Oct 7, at Northside Church, Vanderhoof.
According to the police report there is evidence to suggest that before being struck she may have been in the road approaching vehicles and at one point had been lying in the middle of the road.
Police are still seeking more information, asking if anyone saw the crash, or witnessed her behavior prior to the collision, to contact the Vanderhoof RCMP at 250 567-2222.