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