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Andrew Leduc's family will gather where he was killed

Andrew Leduc (centre), a father of three, was killed nearly one year ago when he was struck and killed as he walked along the Langley Bypass. RCMP have said that charges will not be laid. - submitted photo
Andrew Leduc (centre), a father of three, was killed nearly one year ago when he was struck and killed as he walked along the Langley Bypass. RCMP have said that charges will not be laid.
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All of Andrew Leduc's family, including his mom, siblings and his three children, along with many friends are planning to get together at the spot where he was killed this Saturday, Aug. 9 at 2 p.m.

The police investigation reveals that a year ago, on Aug. 7, 2013,  a consultant for the Surrey RCMP was driving east in the 19500 block of Langley Bypass at 3 a.m., coming from working with Surrey Mounties in recreating another crash, when he saw what he thought was a rolled-up sleeping bag on the road.

In fact, it was Andrew, 37, bending over in the curb lane.

The police consultant claims he couldn’t avoid hitting the sleeping bag, so he hit it and felt a bump. He slowed to look in his mirrors, wondering if in fact it was a person but when he couldn’t see anything, he kept driving.

The police investigation said the driver claims he got to a storage yard in Mission to drop off the borrowed semi, but when seeing the blood stuck on the truck he knew he hit a person or animal.

He washed the blood off, he said, because he didn’t want to leave it for the owner to clean up.

In the police investigation, it was learned that his phone battery was dead and it was several hours before he called police to report he likely hit someone.

After an eight-month investigation, Surrey RCMP, supported by the Police Complaints Commission, decided no charges should be recommended against the RCMP consultant. The reasons were that he co-operated with police and there was no evidence he knew he hit anyone at the time.

The Leduc family plans to meet in a safe spot near the Bypass site to remember Andrew.

As far as the Leducs are aware, the consultant is still employed with the RCMP.

They are looking at their options and may sue.

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