Vancouver resident charged related to death of Windsor skateboarder
Relief for a family from Stoney Point.
Vancouver police say they have wrapped up a 32-month investigation into a hit and run that claimed the life of a 30-year-old Windsor man.
Amanpreet Sohal, a 23-year-old Vancouver resident, has been charged with failure to stop at an accident causing bodily harm and dangerous driving causing death.
Ryan Barron, who is from Windsor, was skateboarding with a friend on Heather Street in Vancouver around 2:30 a.m. on April 17, 2016, when he was hit by a vehicle.
Police say the driver drove away without stopping.
Barron died in hospital a short time later.
Two days after the hit-and-run, investigators located the vehicle believed to be involved at a home on the east side of Vancouver.
Police say the vehicle had extensive damage and was seized and processed for evidence.
“Our job is to work on behalf of Ryan and his family to ensure the person responsible for his death is held accountable for their actions,” says Vancouver Const. Jason Doucette. “Our collision investigators worked tirelessly on this complex, lengthy and difficult investigation, and we are pleased charges have been laid.”
Barron’s father Terry tells CTV Windsor it’s the only good news he's received since his son was killed.
“I felt confident this day would come, eventually,” says Barron, who adds he is grateful to the Vancouver police department for their work.
Barron also says he doesn’t hate the person who killed his son since it won’t bring Ryan back, but he fly to Vancouver should Sohal’s case go to a trial.
Barron’s friend, Dallas Ives, admits he lost hope this day would come. He and Ryan grew up together in Stoney Point and moved west together.
“I lost my best friend, forever,” remembers Ives. “Through everything thick and thin he always had my back. I'll never have somebody like that again.”
Terry Barron says he comes to Atkinson Park frequently where his son is memorialized, and he takes comfort in Ryan’s friends who not only dedicated that skate park to him but also have other big plans for getting a new ramp built along University Avenue.