Kevin Larkin is seeking witnesses in what he’s describing as a hit-and-run

Kevin Larkin is seeking witnesses in what he’s describing as a hit-and-run

Father critical of handling of bike crash

Police maintain incident last month wasn’t a hit-and-run

A South Surrey father is trying to find answers after he says White Rock RCMP closed his young son’s hit-and-run case without catching the driver.

However, according to police, the child fell into a parked car while riding his bike.

Kevin Larkin told Peace Arch News Tuesday he is looking for witnesses after his nine-year-old son was clipped by a white SUV with white door handles while bike riding with a friend around 4 p.m. July 22 near Goggs Avenue and Best Street.

Larkin said his son suffered cuts to his left leg from his knee to his shin and suffers from pain in his hips. He added that his son’s bike was also damaged from hitting the SUV’s wheel-well, and the front tire and handle bars were not aligned anymore.

After taking his son to the doctor, Larkin contacted White Rock RCMP, which sent a constable over to interview the boy.

“We made a police report, they came out to interview him and that same day, made the decision to close the report. They just closed the report without finding out who hit him,” Larkin said. “The constable said that he spoke to (my son) and he looked alright, so he was closing the case.

“I suppose they don’t take hit-and-runs on nine-year-olds seriously in White Rock, which is a little bizarre.”

However, White Rock RCMP Const. Shaileshni Molison told PAN that is not the case.

“It was most definitely not a hit-and-run. It was more a child falling off his bike,” she said, noting the case was now closed. “It was thoroughly investigated.

“We don’t know what the child disclosed to his dad, but it’s certainly not a hit-and-run.”

Larkin said he has made multiple attempts to contact White Rock RCMP, but has yet to connect with the investigator or his supervisor.

“I’m looking for answers. It’s disturbing. As a taxpayer, I feel like I deserve more than this. My son could have been killed,” he said. “Although I’m a patient person, I won’t let something like this go.”

He noted that aside from the legal aspect, he’s focusing on getting his son back in the riding seat.

“We have to get him back on the bike as soon as we can so he’s not traumatized.”

 

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

The volume of visitors to White Rock’s Marine Drive over the weekend has led council to consider special measures this week. (Aaron Hinks photo)
White Rock council rejects resident-only parking for waterfront

Other health and safety measures to be considered in a special meeting Wednesday

South Surrey’s Paul Cottrell, who works with the DFO, tows a grey whale out of Semiahmoo Bay Sunday. (Contributed photo)
Dead whale floating near White Rock towed to shore for necropsy

Animal has been dead since at least April 15

Vehicles line up for the Greater Vancouver Drive-Thru Food Truck Festival at the Chilliwack Coliseum parking lot on March 27. The touring event comes to Cloverdale this weekend, April 24-25 (Photo: Jenna Hauck/Chilliwack Progress)
Here are the food trucks coming to Cloverdale for a drive-thru festival this weekend

Nine trucks will be parked Saturday, nine Sunday during event at fairgrounds

Pharmacist Barbara Violo arranges all the empty vials of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines that she has provided to customers at the Junction Chemist which is a independent pharmacy during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto, on Monday, April 19, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Parts of Surrey, North Delta to get AstraZeneca vaccines for people ages 40+

A total of seven communities in Surrey and Delta will be targeted

The Braidwood Band performs for the seniors at Zion Park Manor in Surrey, as part of a music program planned by Rick’s Heart Foundation. (submitted photo)
VIDEO: Surrey charity brings distanced concerts to care homes, with prop pink firetruck

Familiar tunes performed for seniors during pandemic-era ‘Heart for Music’ program

In this image from NASA, NASA’s experimental Mars helicopter Ingenuity lands on the surface of Mars Monday, April 19, 2021. The little 4-pound helicopter rose from the dusty red surface into the thin Martian air Monday, achieving the first powered, controlled flight on another planet. (NASA via AP)
VIDEO: NASA’s Mars helicopter takes flight, 1st for another planet

The $85 million helicopter demo was considered high risk, yet high reward

A man has died after being shot at Coquitlam’s Town Centre Park the evening of Monday, April 19. (Twitter/IHIT)
1 man dead after shooting at Coquitlam park: IHIT

The gunman is still at large, according to the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

Dr. Bonnie Henry gives her daily media briefing regarding Covid-19 for the province of British Columbia in Victoria, B.C, Monday, December 7, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Toddler marks youngest British Columbian to die related to COVID-19

Child one of eight people to die from virus this weekend

Families of two of three workers killed in a train derailment near Field, B.C., in 2019 have filed lawsuits accusing Canadian Pacific of gross negligence. The derailment sent 99 grain cars and two locomotives off the tracks. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Families of workers killed in Field train derailment allege negligence in lawsuit

Lawsuits allege the workers weren’t provided a safe work environment

(New Westminster Police)
4 youth arrested after 30-person brawl in New Westminster leaves 1 seriously injured

Police are looking for witnesses who saw the incident take place

Sunday’s storm rocked one of the ferries crossing Kootenay Lake. Photo: Dirk Jonker
VIDEO: Storm makes for wild ferry ride across Kootenay Lake

The video was captured by ferry employee Dirk Jonker

Chakalaka Bar & Grill remains open in defiance of orders from Island Health to close. (Cole Schisler photo)
B.C. health authority seeks injunction against restaurant defying COVID-19 orders

Chakalaka Bar and Grill plans to continue serving customers without public health compliance

Most Read