Published Friday, December 28 2018 18:15 PST
Last Updated Friday, 28 December 2018 19:07 PST
The younger sister of a man who was killed in a hit and run in East Vancouver this week said she could not stop thinking about how things would happen if the driver stopped to help.
A pedestrian found 39-year-old Donnell Auger seriously injured on Kingsway near Glen Drive just before 3am on Thursday. The victim died shortly after being rushed to the hospital for treatment.
"It is sad to know that he might be able to survive," Auger sister Suzette Amaya told CTV News on Friday. "You left my sister there alone and irresponsibly and it was really difficult for our family now."
Only a few hours after the police issued a statement asking for public assistance in finding the driver and vehicle involved, Sergeant. Jason Robillard confirmed that the police had identified a suspect, but said they would not decide the charges until the full investigation was completed.
"The 54-year-old driver in this case finally did the right thing by going forward," Robillard said. "He was released while awaiting further investigation."
It was unclear how long Auger had been left on the scene before he was found, a fact that made these difficult days increasingly difficult for his grieving family.
"Our family is very surprised now," Amaya said. "It all happened suddenly. We just celebrated Christmas together as a family."
Auger left three children and the Amaya community said he considered his family.
"My brother is the type of person who is his friend becomes his family, so there are many people who are grieving right now," he said. "This is truly a tragedy, and we only have difficulty dealing with it."
Auger is remembered as a funny, loving person dedicated to his work as a garden stylist.
"It is his desire and he likes to talk about it and he loves his children," said his sister. "He is a family man."
And this is not the first time this type of tragedy has hit the family.
Auger and Amaya lost their father after being hit by a bus on Hastings Street in the 1980s.
Family and friends of the victims gathered to light a candle in the place where he was killed on Friday night.
With files from CTV Vancouver, Emad Agahi