Massachusetts doctor dead, another pedestrian in serious condition after being hit by a charter bus (update)

Dr. Michael Plevyak
Photo courtesy Baystate Health, Massachusetts

THE pedestrian who died after being hit by a charter bus just after 10 a.m. on Sunday at Burrard Street and Canada Place in Vancouver has been identified as Dr. Michael Plevyak, 49, of East Longmeadow, Massachusetts.

His South Asian wife, Dr. Sudeep Kaur Aulakh, and their two children were with him.

Baystate Health, in a statement from chief physician executive Dr. Andrew W. Artenstein, said: “We are deeply saddened by the passing of Dr. Michael Plevyak, a faculty physician in the

Dr. Sudeep Kaur Aulukh
Photo courtesy Baystate Health, Massachusetts

Division of Maternal Fetal Medicine in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, who died Sunday morning from injuries sustained in an accident while vacationing in Vancouver, BC,  with his family. Dr. Plevyak leaves a legacy here as a beloved physician and educator, whose good work and commitment to his patients and colleagues will be sorely missed. Our deepest sympathies go out to his family during this difficult time.”

Police said that from the information gathered so far, the bus was travelling at a low speed when it collided with a parked vehicle. Several pedestrians around the parked vehicle were also hit by the bus.
The injured persons were all tourists. An elderly man remains in hospital with serious injuries, and a 15-year-old girl sustained minor injuries.

Vancouver Police on Wednesday announced that a fourth pedestrian was injured in the collision. The 70-year-old woman, who is related to the other injured pedestrians who were visiting from Massachusetts, was treated for a minor injury and then released from hospital.

Investigators are appealing to anyone who may have witnessed the collision to call them at (604) 717-3012.

Staff from the VPD Victim Services Unit will be available to any witnesses if needed.