Teen’s mom upset by lack of taxi service

The mother of a teenaged girl who was the victim of a hit and run early Friday morning is “furious” that a cab company refused to pick up her daughter prior to the crash.

The mother of a teenaged girl who was the victim of a hit and run early Friday morning is “furious” that a cab company refused to pick up her daughter prior to the crash.

Terri Burke’s 15-year-old daughter had been dropped off at the Husky station on Louie Drive to catch a bus, but missed her connection.

The teen’s cell phone dying, she called the friends that had dropped her off to ask them to phone for a cab, as her mother doesn’t have a car.

“They (the cab company) refused to pick her up,” said Burke. “It’s just ridiculous.”

Burke’s daughter, who she didn’t want identified, is now recovering from bruises and broken bones after a police officer spotted her staggering along Highway 97 south near Grizzly Road around 12:45 a.m. on Friday and arranged to have her taken to hospital.

“I don’t want this to happen to someone else and have someone else dying over not being able to get a $10 cab,” said Burke.

“There has to be some sort of system in place,” she said, where cab companies could call parents to guarantee they’d be paid for taking a teenaged fare home.

The manager of the local cab company involved was on vacation Friday and the company wasn’t commenting.

Burke is also upset that drivers in the area after her daughter was hit didn’t stop as she tried to flag them down.

It wasn’t until the officer drove by that the girl was able to get help.

Police say they found tire tracks in the mud of the road shoulder near where the girl had been walking and also found the victim’s purse and pieces of broken headlight/marker light along with the marker light fixture.

“The victim has not, as of yet, been able to recall anything after being struck and could not identify the vehicle involved,” said Const. Steve Holmes.

Police are now seeking the public’s help in identifying the hit and run driver.

Anyone with information is asked to call West Kelowna RCMP at 250-768-2880 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

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