Family pleading for hit-and-run driver to surrender

Relatives of a cyclist killed in Burnaby last Sunday have come to the scene of a collision to urge a driver to reach out to police. Mounties also want to hear from some potentially key witnesses.

Seventy-two-year-old Ed Simpkins, a long-time Burnaby man, died after his bike collided with a car at about 8:30 p.m. at Wright Street and 13th Avenue.

His sister Janet says she has past the anger and just wants the driver to go to police. “You must be feeling awful with the guilt. So, please, just come forward.”

“We thought Ed was indestructible. His family and friends are in shock and grieving and not knowing what happened makes it so much worse. We can understand the driver’s initial panic but it’s time for her to come forward, now, so we can say ‘goodbye’ to Ed with easier minds,”

RCMP say video footage of the incident shows a dark blue or black two-door car driven by a woman. They also say another driver came upon the scene just after the crash but then left. Mounties want to hear from that person too.

Police would like anyone who knows anything about the accident to call the Burnaby detachment at 604.294.7922 or CrimeStoppers at 1.800.222.TIPS.