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Driver pleads guilty in pedestrian's death

Margaret Snowball and her daughter Gemma during a visit in the Lower Mainland in September 2012. - Photo contributed
Margaret Snowball and her daughter Gemma during a visit in the Lower Mainland in September 2012.
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A Kelowna man has pled guilty to two charges stemming from the death of an Australian woman in an Uptown New Westminster crosswalk.

Despite the guilty plea, Gemma Snowball's mother still doesn't know more than a year later how her daughter died.

Snowball, 25, had just left work at the Royal City Centre Safeway delicatessen to catch a bus late on the evening of March 11, 2013. Police said the native of Perth, Australia was hit in a crosswalk at Sixth Avenue and Sixth Street by a vehicle turning left. No left turns are allowed at the intersection.

Ryan Follack, 29, pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention and driving without reasonable consideration.

The development did little to shed light on what happened that night for Snowball's mom Margaret.

"We were hoping that by attending the trial we would hear the details of how and why Gemma was tragically killed and it would, in some way, provide us with an explanation of why this terrible thing happened," Margaret wrote from Perth in an email to the NewsLeader. "After 13 months of waiting to hear the answers, we are still in the dark about the details. The guilty plea by this person ensures that we remain this way.

"As a family we should have the right to hear how it was that Gemma was killed whilst walking in a crosswalk. Not only has our daughter and sister been taken away from us—so has the opportunity to find some sort of closure surrounding this nightmare that we find ourselves in."

Follack will appear in New Westminster provincial court on Aug. 8 for a pre-sentence report. Margaret Snowball said she will "most definitely be there for the sentencing."

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