Surrey temple hit-and-run still a mystery

SURREY — Surrey Mounties believe somebody must have seen something that can help investigators solve a hit-and-run crash that happened two years ago.

They have yet to arrest the driver who ran down Sikh temple volunteer Jagdev Toor, 49, in Newton.

Toor was sent to hospital in critical condition on Sept. 29, 2012 after a vehicle hit him near Dashmesh Darbar Sikh temple, in the 8600-block of 130th Street, as he was cleaning the back entrance to the temple with a leaf blower that evening.

A passing motorist found Toor at the side of the road, shortly after 8 p.m. It’s not known how long he had been lying there before he was found. He sustained significant head injuries.

Surrey Mounties don’t have much of a description of the vehicle other than to say it was burgundy or maroon and would have had significant damage to the right front-end fender and windshield.

“Despite numerous checks with auto body shops, vehicle manufacturers, ICBC and other agency databases, the vehicle has not been located,” Cpl. Bert Paquet said. “A multitude of video surveillance in the area was also seized, however, no footage was able to assist in the investigation.”

Paquet noted there was a prayer service that night and a crowd of people would have exited the temple from the other side.

“Based on the large volume of traffic in the area at the time, there is a likelihood that somebody saw something that night,” Paquet said. “We are hoping that someone with a key piece of information will help us solve this case and bring some closure to the victim.”

Toor’s nephew, Rameet Sandhu, 20, was in Surrey on a study permit at the time.

"Help us find the driver," he said during an RCMP press conference in 2012. "He hit my uncle, that was a bad thing, but the worst part is he ran away after that. He didn’t help him. That’s not human nature."

Police are appealing to the driver to give him or herself up. They’re asking anyone with information to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502.

tzytaruk@thenownewspaper.com

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