Funds being raised to help injured husband of newlywed Anam Laiq-Virpal who was killed in Brampton hit-and-run

Walid Wakeel, 23, of Nobleton was arrested on October 23


Photos: Gofundme page

ON October 21 at 12:25a.m., Mander, 31, and his wife Anam Laiq-Virpal, 30, both of Newmarket, were involved in a car accident at the intersection of Highway 50 and Castlemore Road in Brampton that killed Anam and left Mander with broken legs.

The couple, who had got married just eight days earlier, were on their way home from a family birthday celebration when a speeding driver ran a red light and hit them, according to a GoFundMe page set up by Marissa Combow, a family member.

Anam Laiq-Virpal

“The impact was so strong that Anam died instantly. Mander was forced to sit next to his wife, with 2 broken legs, crying for her to wake up until paramedics could arrive. He was then transported to a trauma centre and underwent 5 surgeries.

“The driver of the vehicle that took Anam’s life fled the scene by foot immediately after the accident. Fortunately, there were others who were kind enough to call 911 as the person responsible had left them there to die.

“Mander is still in the hospital, with doctors constantly monitoring his progress. Although his surgeries went well, his recovery is going to be a long process. He will need months of healing and physical therapy to be able to walk again properly. His prognosis is uncertain at this point, but we know he will be off work for months, possibly even a year or more. This coupled with the tragic loss of his wife creates a future that no one wishes upon anyone,” according to the GoFundMe page.

Last week, on October 23, Peel Regional Police investigators from the Major Collision Bureau announced that they had arrested Walid Wakeel, 23, of Nobleton in relation to a fatal collision resulting in the death of a newlywed. The accused turned himself in.

He was charged with:

– Criminal negligence cause death

– Criminal negligence cause bodily harm

– Fail to remain at scene of accident cause death

– Fail to remain at scene of accident bodily harm

Anyone with any information in relation to this incident is asked to contact the Major Collision Bureau at (905) 453-2121, ext. 3710.

The GoFundMe page states: “Our family is devastated by this heartbreaking tragedy. If you can find it in your heart to support Mander in his recovery and fight to ensure that justice is served for Anam, it would be greatly appreciated. May her beautiful soul rest in peace. Thank you.”

By Thursday night (November 1), $14,397 of the $30,000 goal had been raised by 291 people in four days.