Charge laid in crash that claimed life of TRU employee

Lucy Phua was crossing McGill Road at University Drive on Nov. 15, 2019, when she was struck by a pickup truck. She died at the scene. David Matthew Tucker is facing one count of driving without due care and attention, an offence under the Motor Vehicle Act.

A charge has been laid in connection with a crash last year near the campus of Thompson Rivers University that killed a pedestrian.

Lucy Phua, a 54-year-old university employee, was crossing McGill Road at University Drive on Nov. 15, 2019, when she was struck by a pickup. She died at the scene.

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The crash took place at about 5:30 p.m., after sunset. It is believed the truck that struck Phua was turning left from the Landmark development onto McGill Road. 

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At the time, police said the driver remained on the scene and was co-operative with investigators. There was no indication the driver was speeding or impaired at the time of the crash.

Phua’s death sparked an online petition seeking safety upgrades for McGill Road. Earlier this year, city officials unveiled a strategy for improvements along the corridor, which could lead to lowered speed limits or lighting upgrades.

David Matthew Tucker, 42, is facing one count of driving without due care and attention, an offence under the Motor Vehicle Act. He is expected to make his first appearance in Kamloops provincial court on Dec. 7.

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Portions of McGill Road were closed for more than six hours following the Nov. 15, 2019, fatal collision at the University Drive intersection. - KTW file
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