CHILLIWACK – Mounties suspect 1970s Surrey mayor Ed McKitka suffered from some kind of medical condition before his jeep went off Highway 1 near the Vedder Canal on Feb. 4. McKitka, 75, died in the single vehicle crash.
Cpl. Robert McDonald, of the Lower Mainland District Traffic Service, said the RCMP is waiting for a coroner’s report that’s expected to shed light on what caused McKitka’s eastbound vehicle to go off road, down an embankment and into a shallow ditch.
McKitka served for nine years on Surrey municipal council and was mayor for one term before being defeated by Bill Vogel, in November 1977, for the mayor’s chair.