Grieving husband pleads for closure after hit-and-run in Surrey

Vincent Belcourt forgives the person who killed his wife, but is asking them to come forward.

Vincent Belcourt holds a picture of his wife who was killed by a hit and run driver on March 14.

Vincent Belcourt says he now sits outside his hotel room in a “deadly silence,” wondering why someone drove away after hitting and killing his wife.

Belcourt and his wife Josefa, known by friends as Josie, were gathering the last load before moving from a trailer park in Surrey to a large home in Vancouver.

Josie, 57, was crossing King George Boulevard near 83 Avenue at 6:45 a.m. on Monday, March 14, when a 2010 or 2011 Honda CRV hit her and took off.

She was taken to hospital, where she died.

Police have released an image of the vehicle moments before it struck Josie (pictured left). It’s expected it will have damage on the front end from the accident.

Fifteen minutes after kissing her good-bye, Belcourt said police officers showed to his door saying Josie had been hit by a car.

“She was the love of my life,” Belcourt told a press conference Tuesday. “She would walk into a room, she would make everybody smile.”

Belcourt says he forgives the driver.

Addressing the driver directly, Belcourt urged whoever is responsible to come forward.

“You didn’t mean to kill my wife, but it was a cowardly act to go and run,” Belcourt said at a press conference at the Surrey’s main RCMP detachment.

“I ask you please to come forward to bring closure.”

The couple would have been married 27 years as of April 25.

They were both extremely excited about their move to Vancouver. The couple both worked at Lookout, a place that helps the mentally ill in Vancouver.

Belcourt will miss having Josie by his side.

“Now, for the first time, I’m realizing she won’t be there the next day,” Vincent said. “I’m devastated, and I’m kind of lost.”

Anyone with more information is asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or Crime Stoppers, if they wish to remain anonymous, at 1-800-222-TIPS or www.solvecrime.ca

Just Posted

Crashes pile up as snow blankets Surrey

Up to 10 centimetres of snow is in the forecast

How much does your city spend per person on snow removal?

Black Press Media compares 2018 ice and snow removal budgets of various Lower Mainland communities

B.C. BUDGET: Surplus $374 million after bailouts of BC Hydro, ICBC

Growth projected stronger in 2020, Finance Minister Carole James says

Surrey pastor in concert with songs from her new ‘Psalms for a Peaceful Heart’ CD

‘Incredible’ church sanctuary in Whalley a stage for Lori-Anne Boutin-Crawford’s music

Plan to redevelop former Surrey motel site too dense, says Coun. Pettigrew

Pettigrew: ‘We need to build liveable community with green spaces… not massive zones that are densified’

VIDEO: 8 things you need to know about the 2019 B.C. budget

Surplus of $247 million with spending on children, affordability and infrastructure

Ex-Langley spiritual leader cleared of stock trading allegations

Investors allegedly lost $740,000 investing through a local religious organization.

‘Bullet missed me by an inch’: Man recounts friend’s killing at Kamloops hotel

Penticton man witnessed Summerland resident Rex Gill’s murder in Kamloops

B.C. BUDGET: Income assistance raise still leaves many below poverty line

$50 per month increase included in funding for poverty and homelessness reduction

B.C. BUDGET: Indigenous communities promised billions from gambling

Extended family caregiver pay up 75 per cent to keep kids with relatives

B.C. BUDGET: New benefit increases family tax credits up to 96 per cent

BC Child Opportunity Benefit part of province’s efforts to reduce child poverty

B.C. BUDGET: Carbon tax boosts low-income credits, electric vehicle subsidies

Homeowners can get up to $14,000 for heating, insulation upgrades

B.C. man survives heart attack thanks to Facebook

A Princeton man suffered a heart attack while at an isolated property with no cell service

Abbotsford man sues Maxime Bernier’s People’s Party over trademark

Satinder Dhillon filed application for trademark same day Maxime Bernier announced the new party

Most Read