Hope is in mourning after a horrific and tragic accident took the lives of three promising young men in a car crash on Highway One, early Friday morning.
“Everyone is very concerned obviously and it’s a very unfortunate circumstance that we have —we have three talented young people that will leave a huge hole in the community and I had a chance to visit with the families and they’re very close-knit and supporting each other,” said Mayor Wilfried Vicktor. “There were people from the community visiting and they are well supported, but there is certainly nothing that will replace the people that have passed on.”
The three young men were officially identified by the B.C. Coroners Service as 20-year-old Bradley Webb, 19-year-old Devan Alexander Neil King-Peters, and 18-year-old Philip Morgan Peters.
The boys who were cousins and seldom apart, lived on Peters Road together and it is speculated by friends that they were heading from McDonald’s after a bite to eat when the accident occurred.
Brad, who died on the morning of his 20th birthday was beloved by his community, family and friends.
“You can’t find anyone who had anything bad to say about Brad — he was respected, because he gave out respect. People have amazing things to say about him. He was a young man with a future and he will be missed,” said Vicktor.
Brad was driving the vehicle when it veered off the road and crashed suddenly into the Hunter Creek Weigh Station at approximately 4 a.m.
When the paramedics approached the scene, all three passengers were pronounced dead.
“I went over to Brad’s family and I was received with open arms and they did appreciate that,” said Vicktor.
The B.C. Coroners Service and RCMP are continuing their investigation into the reasons for the accident.
Brad was known among his friends as a charitable person who cared for everyone.
“We were roommates, defense partners for the Hope Wildcats, and best friends — we played hockey together for 13 years,” said long time friend 19 year-old Branden Ottesen.
Brad was always a positive guy, there wasn’t one person who had a problem with him. He never got into a fight with anyone; he was always smiling and he knew how to pick people up when they were down.
Often making time for everyone and anyone, Brad will be remembered fondly among the people who knew him and as someone with future aspirations.
“He was going back to school in April to become a power line technician at BCIT in Vancouver, and I moved down there early to be his roommate and to make some money,” said Ottesen. “There was a concert we planned to go to after his birthday — he was always helpful and everybody loved him. We’re all kind of hanging out together right now, but everyone’s depressed.”
A grieving mother’s love was apparent as Norma Webb talked of the loss of her beautiful and vibrant son.
“We’re still in the works of deciding where the funeral is going to be and we’re going to do it all together with all three boys. It won’t be this Saturday because of our aunt’s funeral, but it will probably be the following Saturday. We haven’t got word back from the funeral home yet —we’re hoping for the Alliance Church in Chilliwack.” she said. “He was a wonderful son — he was always there for everybody and he was happy go lucky. He was such a positive guy and he had a great smile and he had so much to live for — he was going to be a linesman and Devan was going to start his welding class at the end of this month.
As for the boys family ties,
“My brother’s son was Morgan and my grand nephew’s son was Devan,” Norma said.
No official memorial date has been set, despite radio and facebook tributes to the boys.
“He was a beautiful boy — he was awesome.”