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.

cweirda@kelownacapnews.com

Just Posted

Let it snow in Kelowna

Snow is in the forecast for this week

Photos: Adventuring in Stuart Park

Have you seen Friday’s edition of the Capital News? Check out the photos featured

Rutland students help less fortunate

At Rutland Senior Secondary, students are helping the homeless this holiday season

Lake Country seniors receive Christmas surprise

Hampers will be given to 20 lucky seniors in need next week

Column: Make it a green Christmas

Instead of purchasing a cuddly stuffie this year, put your money towards helping the real thing.

What’s happening

Find out about the events happening in your community this weekend

#MeToo at work: Employers play a role in fixing culture of harassment

B.C. workplaces are getting ahead of being the next MeToo debacle, calling on experts to train staff

B.C. woman brain injured in crash as a baby gets $1.1 million in damages

Trial heard the woman was 16 months old, being carried by her mother when they were both hit

Lind nets three in Rockets win; Dube and Foote named to Canada’s roster

Kole Lind returns from national junior camp to lead Rockets to victory in P.A.

Interior Health holding immunization clinic in Vernon Saturday

IH issues list of Okanagan meningococcal immunization clinics

Court denies WestJet’s bid to toss out discrimination lawsuit of former worker

Mandalena Lewis is suing WestJet over allegations of gender-based discrimination

VIDEO: 3 months later, rescued sea lion released back into ocean

The young animal was found in Campbell River three months ago

Annual Christmas meal held as Kelowna Gospel Mission

The meal will be held tomorrow from 12 to 6 p.m.

Most Read