Hit-and-run victim's sister makes emotional plea

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Police investigating after Stewiacke man is struck by vehicle while walking on Highway 2

STEWIACKE – When Maria Stevens looks at her older brother, Jason, she can’t help but break down in tears.

Jason Stevens, a Stewiacke resident, suffered facial bruising among other injuries, such as a concussion and broken wrist, during a hit and run Wednesday night while he was walking to the fire hall. The RCMP are looking for witnesses or anyone with information on the collision.

Jason, 40, suffered a concussion, broken wrist, facial and internal bruising, two broken arm bones, chipped teeth and a gash in his leg after being struck by a car in Stewiacke last Wednesday night. The driver of the vehicle didn’t stop.

“We didn’t know what to expect when they brought him to the hospital,” said Stevens, 24. “Because I live in Halifax, I was at the hospital before they brought him in. We were told there was a 15-person trauma team waiting for him but they didn’t know the extent of his injuries. We were left hanging for about an hour and a half. I’m just blown away by what happened.”

When she looks at her brother, Stevens said the tears do come, and that’s why she’s making an emotional plea on behalf of her family for someone to come forward.

“I’m in contact with the RCMP and every time I call, they tell me they have nothing new, but that they’re constantly investigating. They have absolutely nothing to go on. We are begging for information.”

As captain in the Stewiacke Fire Department, Jason was walking to the hall for a regular officers’ meeting that night. He was walking north along the southbound lane off Highway 2 between Main Street and the fire hall when he was struck.

“He was thrown into a ditch and knocked unconscious,” said Stevens, adding Jason regained consciousness and was able to call for help.

“He called the fire hall because he knew everyone was there for the meeting, and then he lost consciousness again.”

She said Jason was found about 26 minutes later while laying in a ditch.

“His spirits are high, considering,” she said. “He knew he could’ve died if he didn’t make that call, so his spirits are high in that regard, but other than that, he’s beside himself and angry.

“Our hope is that someone will come forward with some information. It’s just baffling because of what he was wearing. He had on a high-visibility, yellow jacket. He’s 240 pounds and six-(foot)-two. He’s a big boy. Someone knew they hit him.”

With the family – Steven’s mother and another brother and sister – being tight already, Stevens said this incident has brought them closer.

“Our other brother lives in Alberta and had just gone back the Friday before. It’s really upsetting to him,” she said.

Jason also has three children, the oldest being 19.

“His oldest son is also in the fire department and he’s just a mess over this. Out of the three children, he was the closest with his dad.”

Colchester RCMP Cpl. Addie Maccallum said there was nothing new to report on the case and the investigation is ongoing.

“We’re still wanting to talk to potential witnesses,” he said.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the RCMP at 893-6820 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

 

Organizations: RCMP, Stewiacke Fire Department, Crime Stoppers

Geographic location: Stewiacke, Halifax, Alberta

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  • jason stevens
    January 08, 2013 - 17:24

    well to your comment being the 1 left in that ditch to die hell yeah I would like that person charged and yes I lived im lucky seeing how I stopped breathing 3 times so if you are saying that my family and I should be happy at that well im sorry but your not the 1 who is unable to work your not the 1 that has now no income to pay bills and I know your not the 1 who is living through this pain next time you maybe stop and want to rethink what your going to write before you do cause there was nothing rude about your comment but it does show the reason why there is people who would leave somebody in a ditch to die its called ignorance

  • Barb
    January 08, 2013 - 14:14

    That is rude .I don't know these people but if you're saying "oh well he's alive so it doesn't matter if anyone is found" that is not exceptable. Charging someone for leaving the scene IS an OFFENCE!

  • kristy
    January 07, 2013 - 18:11

    not trying to be rude, but do you really think the person is going to come forward.......he lived! Does the family want to charge the person who hit him?

    • Maria
      January 08, 2013 - 17:34

      We are very lucky and happy he is alive! And hopefully something cones out of this..the person who did this needs to have justice served to them...you may think different but if it was your family member...you would want the exact same thing..you can disagree with that now...but you aren't in our situation! This person needs to be brought to justice!!!

    • Nick
      January 09, 2013 - 08:17

      I do not agree with that last comment. Yes, he did live. But he could of died and whoever hit him just left him there. His family would just like to know who hit him. I'm sure you would do the same. It really is a big deal.