Family searching for answers after hit and run

Photo: Sergeant Perret and family address the media Thursday afternoon – Andrew Tylosky/Energeticcity.ca

New details are coming to light after the fatal hit and run in Fort St. John, Wednesday.

The 87 year-old woman who was killed after being pinned against her husband’s vehicle by a mobile treatment centre vehicle has been identified.

Nora Gallifer was a resident of Fort St. John. Her husband, Herb Sandgrett, and several family members stood behind RCMP Sergeant Steve Perret while he read a statement to the media.
The incident occurred just after noon when she and her husband, Herb, were getting into their vehicle to go for lunch.

Police say the three people got out of the vehicle – which had First-Aid markings on it – saw the woman and then got back in the vehicle and took off quickly.

Perret says what happened after the accident is hard to believe.

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Gallifer was taken by ambulance to the hospital where she later died.

Family members gave a brief statement, describing Gallifer as a loving person. They say they are appealing to anyone who saw the incident to provide even the smallest details to the RCMP.

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Sandgrett spoke quietly, shaking at times. He described what the people in the other vehicle did by taking off while his wife was hurt, as cowardly. He and his wife had been together for more than 40 years.

The vehicle involved in the accident is described as being a newer-style pick-up truck with a first-aid camper on the back. The vehicle may also have Alberta licence plates.

RCMP are searching for two males and one female who were the occupants of the vehicle and who are believed to be local residents. Perret says that at this time there is no description of the two males available, but the female is described as being native, with a stocky build and in her early twenties.
Perret urged those responsible to come forward.

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He added that the detachment has also brought in the criminal crash investigative team and a collision analyst to assist in the investigation.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Fort St. John RCMP detachment at 250-787-8140 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800- 222- 8477.

Watch the press conference held Thursday afternoon

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