Brenda Michie walks the stretch of road where her husband

Widow hopes charge brings forgiveness

A criminal charge has been laid in connection with a head-on collision that killed South Surrey resident Jim Neiss.

A charge of dangerous driving causing death has been laid in connection with the fatal dump-truck collision that killed South Surrey resident Jim Neiss last January.

While police said last week that a criminal charge had yet to be approved in connection with the Jan. 18 crash, according to court records, the accused first appeared in Surrey Provincial Court on the matter Nov. 18.

Neiss, 59, died just after 5:30 a.m. Jan. 18, when his Ford Explorer was hit head-on in the 19800-block of 16 Avenue by a Sterling dump truck that had reportedly crossed a double-yellow line to pass a small white car.

Neiss – a bus driver with the Langley School District – had been on his way to work at the time.

Neiss’s wife, Brenda Michie, said Tuesday she learned of the charge 10 months to the day after her husband’s death. The news is “a relief of sorts, because it’s moving forward, and that’s what you want,” she said.

“I know there’s people waiting to hear.”

Michie said she plans to follow the court process through, but isn’t ready to forgive the person responsible for her husband’s death.

She recalled an interview she watched with her husband a year ago, of a Palestinian man whose entire family had been killed.

“He was on TV and he said, ‘we have to find a way to forgive and I forgive them’,” she said. “It was pretty powerful… We’re brought up to forgive people. I’m certainly not there yet. I figure maybe one day – you’ve got to be able to do that.”

For now, “it’s all about getting through each day.”

“I try and keep remembering it was what he’d want me to do.”

Glen Edward Theriault, 63, is due in court Dec. 12.

 

 

Just Posted

Oppal says Surrey mayor wrong about policing transition timeline

Chairman of committee overseeing Surrey’s transition from RCMP to city police says work won’t be done by Dec. 11

White Rock waterfront strategy ‘pop-up’ session to be held tomorrow

Event to take place at museum from 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

‘A labour of love’: High school turns into ‘toy shop’ for Surrey Christmas Bureau

Fraser Heights Secondary has been making toys for the non-profit for more than a decade

Farnworth says Surrey RCMP boss’s statement on budget should be taken ‘seriously’

Assistant Commissioner Dwayne McDonald warned Surrey’s budget will have “detrimental effect” on policing

New date set for suspects in South Surrey Hells Angel murder

Court heard that both sides are prepared to set preliminary hearing date

VIDEO: Federal Liberals’ throne speech welcomes opposition’s ideas

Trudeau will need NDP or Bloc support to pass legislation and survive confidence votes

VIDEO: John Lennon’s iconic Rolls Royce rolls into Vancouver Island college for checkup

Royal BC Museum, Camosun College and Coachwerks Restorations come together to care for car

VIDEO: Rockslide closes part of Highway 93 in Fairmont Hot Springs

Geotechnical team called in to do an assessment after rocks fell from hoodoos

Chilliwack mom gives back to neonatal unit with Christmas stocking drive

Ashley Durance is paying it forward to other families and their babies following daughter’s NICU stay

Petition calls for appeal of ex-Burns Lake mayor’s sentence for sex assault

Prosecution service says Luke Strimbold’s case is under review

Northwest B.C. wildlife shelter rescues particularly tiny bear cub

Shelter co-founder says the cub weighs less than a third of what it should at this time of year

BC firefighters to help battle Australian bushfires

Canada sent 22 people, including 7 from B.C.

B.C. NDP touts the end of MSP premiums

Horgan, James held news conference to reiterate that people will get their last bill this month

Illicit drug deaths down, but B.C. coroner says thousands still overdose

Chief coroner Life Lapointe says province’s drug supply remains unpredictable

Most Read

l -->