Rajwinder Singh Goraya of Vancouver is charged in 2017 pedestrian fatality in Richmond

Esthersita Anthonyraj Achari

THE BC Prosecution Service has approved two charges against Rajwinder Singh Goraya of Vancouver: one count of drive without due care and attention and one count of green light procedural after Richmond RCMP Road Safety Unit (RSU) concluded their extensive investigation into a 2017 pedestrian fatality involving a commercial vehicle.

Shortly after 2 p.m. on December 27, 2017, Richmond RCMP responded to the area of Sea Island Way and Great Canadian Way for reports of a collision between a commercial vehicle and a pedestrian. The pedestrian, a 27-year old female from Richmond, was transported to hospital with critical injuries. She later succumbed to her injuries.
The 44-year-old driver of the 2017 Freightliner commercial vehicle stayed on scene and cooperated with police. Neither alcohol nor drugs were considered factors in this collision.

The accident scene.
Photo by Sukhwant Singh Dhillon

The pedestrian was identified as Esthersita Anthonyraj Achari. She had come from India and was working in a long-term care home while pursuing her studies to become a licensed nurse. Her parents lived in Mumbai and they had reportedly sold off all they had to pay for their daughter to come to Canada. A Gofundme account that was set up for her funeral costs and her family garnered more than $23,000.