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Man charged in hit-and-run

Nearly 10 months after Silas O’Brien was killed in a hit-and-run in Abbotsford, police have charged a man in connection with his death.

Nearly 10 months after Silas O’Brien was killed in a hit-and-run in Abbotsford, police have charged a man in connection with his death.

Brent Donald Parent, 40, of Langley has been charged with five counts, including criminal negligence causing death, which carries a maximum of life in prison. He’s also been charged with dangerous driving causing death, and failure to stop and failure to offer assistance.

“Mr. Parent was made aware of the charges and turned himself in at the Langley RCMP office earlier this morning,” RCMP Cpl. Dale Carr said yesterday.

O’Brien, 21, and two friends were heading to the airport for a trip to Hawaii on March 13, when their truck was allegedly forced off the road into a ditch by a vehicle they’d tried to pass.

According to police, O’Brien and his friends got out of their truck to look for damage when the vehicle returned and drove straight at them.

Sam Dooley and Luke Stevens were able to get out of the way, but O’Brien was hit and killed.

“Mid-morning of (that day), investigators located the suspect and the vehicle,” Carr said.
“Over the course of the last several months, investigators have compiled an investigation that included … expert analyses. That report was forwarded to Crown counsel for review and charge approval.”

Parent will make his first appearance in Surrey Provincial Court on Jan. 30.

 
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