Tragedy struck Hope, early Wednesday afternoon, when beloved local boy Jorin Mills, aged 8, was hit by a commercial truck on 6th Avenue.
BC ambulance promptly arrived on scene accompanied by General Duty officers, where Mills was found to be suffering from life threatening injuries.
Mills was expediently transported to Fraser Canyon Hospital where he succumbed to trauma.
“No family should have to deal with something like this — I can only imagine the type of hell they are going through right now,” Staff Sergeant Karol Rehdner told The Hope Standard on scene. “We are still investigating and have no further information at this time.”
A candlelight vigil late Wednesday evening was the result of an outpouring of community support to honour Mills and his parents Sharon and Dan Mills — over one hundred people attended the rally, demonstrating the spirit of Hope in a crisis such as this one.
Shasta Beeckman a family member, who arranged the rally outside of Mills’ home, started a GoFundMe page, where people are currently being directed to raise funds for Mills’ parents.
“It’s devastating for the family and the community — no one should have to lose a child,” said Mayor Wilfried Vicktor. “Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this time.”
According to police reports the driver is working with authourities during the ongoing investigation.