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Police recommend charges in pedestrian death

Gemma Snowball - Photo contributed
Gemma Snowball
— image credit: Photo contributed

New Westminster police say they have recommended charges be laid against the driver of a vehicle that killed an Australian woman living in New Westminster last March.

Police submitted their recommendation to Crown counsel, said Staff Sgt. Paul Hyland after several months of investigation into the death of Gemma Snowball, 25. He added the department won't release what charges were recommended until the Crown approves proceeding with them.

Snowball, who hails from Perth, Australia, was struck while walking in a crosswalk at Sixth Avenue and Sixth Street late about 10:30 p.m. March 11 shortly after completing her shift at the Royal City Centre Safeway's delicatessen counter. She was taken to Royal Columbian Hospital but died two days later with her family donating her organs for transplant.

The long delay in the recommendation of charges was frustrating for Snowball's mother, Margaret.

"At the moment Gemma's family is in limbo—we do not have the full details of how and why she died—we know the basics but that is all," said Margaret in an email to the NewsLeader in November. "As Gemma's mother I need to know the full facts on how this happened before I can even try to come to terms with her death."

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