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Penticton family faces devastating loss as well as hefty legal bills

Steve Dahnert was killed while riding his motorcycle near Kelowna on Thanksgiving Day after an SUV driver crossed the double centre line. His children have started a GoFundMe campaign.
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October 20, 2020 - 7:00 AM

Steve Dahnert liked to take the long way home riding his Honda motorcycle from Kelowna back to his Penticton home, taking Highway 33 instead of Highway 97.

Unfortunately, on Thanksgiving Day, that cost him his life when he was hit on Highway 33 near Goudie Road by an SUV that crossed into his lane.

“He’s actually really safe about it (riding),” his son-in-law John Nocon told today, Oct. 19. “We’re not worried about him driving. He’s alert and attentive. He does not speed. He only got a speeding ticket once in his life and that was 20 years ago and that was in his truck.”

Dahnert had just turned 60.

The family is still waiting for the police investigation into the tragedy, which Nocon understands will take some time.

READ MORE: RCMP are looking for witnesses to a fatal motorcycle crash near Kelowna

They also have to hire a lawyer to deal with ICBC so have started a GoFundMe campaign.

“My heart broke the day my Dad died and continues to ache as I see the absolute devastation that our family and his friends are experiencing from this unfair loss,” his daughter Siobhan Wyman wrote in the GoFundMe post. “Steve was a wonderful, loving, talented,  passionate person who had so much more life to live. Everyone who knew Steve knows the kindness and generosity he extended to others.”

In addition to the unknown legal expenses they will face, there are memorial and other unexpected costs falling on the family as they grieve.

Dahnert had two daughters and a stepdaughter. He was an instructor in the electrical trades at Okanagan College for the past 14 or 15 years, Nocon said.

“Don’t drive recklessly, especially for people that are driving an SUV,” is the message Nocon wants to send to drivers. “Follow the road rules. It’s clear that the person who, unfortunately, hit Steve, wasn’t following the road rules.”

Police say the SUV crossed a double solid line and crashed into Dahner. He died of his injuries in hospital.

The GoFundMe page can be viewed here.

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