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Families sue for costs, damages in Kamloops collision that killed TRU students

Families of Thompson Rivers University students killed in a 2019 hit and run are suing the driver who fled the scene.

The families of Feyisola Adebowale and Daniel Okocha each launched civil claims against Reid McKnight on Oct. 29.

McKnight is also facing criminal charges for striking a car in downtown Kamloops on Nov. 3, 2019, killing TRU international students Adebowale and Okocha.

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McKnight was driving a Ford Ranger on the night of the collision and struck the students driving in a Dodge Charger at the intersection of 1 Avenue and Battle Street.

A third student, Kelvin Oluwatosin, was also killed in the accident. He is named as a defendant in the suit as he was the driver in the Dodge Charger, according to court documents.

In their respective claims, each family is seeking expenses for the funeral of their family member, expenses incurred to attend the funeral and lost wages, but no dollar value has been set.

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A John Doe, who was the owner of the Dodge Charger, has also been named as a defendant.

No response has been filed from lawyers of the defendants as of today, Nov. 8.

Criminal charges against McKnight have not been proven in court, where he is currently facing charges for dangerous operation of a vehicle, failure to stop at an accident where a death occurred and careless storage of firearms.

McKnight was arrest on those charges on Sept. 29, 2020, 10 months after the collision.

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