Vancouver news: Hit-and-run victim identified

Written by Javed Iqbal

The 24-year-old killed in a hit-and-run in Kitsilano on Sunday night has been identified as Eoghan Byrne, originally from Dublin.

His loved ones wrote at an Irish memorial site, describing Byrne as a “son in love” and “beautiful brother”, survived by his “heartbroken parents, beloved siblings” and a “wide circle of special friends”

Byrne began working at STEMCELL Technologies in Vancouver in April 2022. In an email, the company said:

“Those of us who were fortunate enough to work with Eoghan quickly grew close to him during his short time with our company and got to know an exceptionally kind soul who was dedicated to his work and colleagues.”

“We are all deeply saddened by Eoghan’s sudden and unexpected passing, and our hearts are with his family during this extremely difficult time.”

Byrne crossed 4th Avenue near Arbutus Street with a friend Sunday night when he was hit and killed by a speeding sedan fleeing the scene.

On Tuesday, Vancouver police announced that a 25-year-old man and his 63-year-old relative had been arrested in connection with the crash. Police believe the younger man was driving a car and his family member is subsequently suspected of being an accomplice.

Both suspects were released pending further investigation, but police are confident charges will be filed.

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