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"He is tearing his heart out": a grieving sister who speaks with regret

CTV Vancouver

Published Friday, December 28, 2018 18:15 PST

Modified: Friday, 28 December 2018 19:07 PST

The sister of a man killed this week in East Vancouver says he can not stop thinking about how things could go if the driver just stopped to help.

The passer-by found 39-year-old Donnell Auger severely injured at Kingsway near Glen Drive just before 3 am on a Thursday. The victim died shortly after she was taken to hospital for treatment.

"It's a shocking feeling that he could survive," said Sister Auger, Suzette Amaya, on Friday at CTV News. "You left my brother and you did not take responsibility, which is very difficult for our family now."

A few hours after the police issued a statement appealing to the public for help in locating the driver and the vehicle, Sgt. Jason Robillard confirmed that the police had identified the suspect, but stated that he would not decide on the charges until the full investigation ended.

"The 54-year-old driver in this case finally acted rightly," said Robillard. "He was released pending further investigation."

It is not clear how long Auger stayed in place before it was discovered, a fact that makes these difficult days even harder for his family.

"Our family is now in great shock," Amaya said. "It all happened so suddenly, we just celebrated Christmas together as a family."

Auger leaves three children and a community of people. Amaya said he considers his family.

"My brother was a person who becomes his friend and becomes his family, so now there are many funeral people," she said. "It's just such a tragedy, and we're just hard on it."

Auger is remembered as a funny, loving man who was devoted to his work as a gardener.

"It was his passion and he loved talking about it, and he loved his children," his sister said. "He was a family man."

And it was not the first time that this kind of tragedy hit the family.

Auger and Amaya lost their father after being hit by a bus on Hastings Street in the '80s.

The victim's family and friends gathered on the candlelight vigil in a place where he died on Friday night.

With files from Emad Agahi from CTV Vancouver

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