Charges laid in Calgary hit-and-run case that took teen’s life

Ibaad Yar, 15, was killed in a hit-and-run collision in northeast Calgary FAMILY PHOTO

The family of a Calgary hit-and-run victim say he wanted to “change the world,” as police continue to piece together information on the teen’s death.

On May 13 around 2:30 a.m., Calgary police officers were called to a location near the interchange at 52 Street and 16 Avenue NE where there was a hit-and-run collision between a 2010 Dodge Journey and a 2008 Buick Allure.

The Journey was hit from behind forcing it to cross the median ejecting a man from the vehicle. 

The occupant, who died on scene, was later identified as 15-year-old Ibaad Yar.

The Buick driver fled the scene shortly after and the car was found abandoned in the Saddleridge area later in the day.

Police are looking to speak with several people who were in a Chevrolet Tahoe at residence in Saddleridge.

The people and vehicle were spotted both before and after the accident. 

“These people are believed to have knowledge of the incident” said Staff Sergeant Colin Chisholm of the Calgary Police Service Homicide Unit.

Family makes a brief statement

Aasma and Ismail Yar spoke Thursday about their loss. 

Asama Yar, Ibaad’s older sister expressed her shock over the crash.

“Losing Ibaad just doesn’t feel real sometimes. Sometimes I wake up and I’m hoping he’s yelling or playing video games,” she said.

“One day he was supposed to become a cop who was supposed to change the world. He was supposed to change everything. But no, that was cut short and taken away from him. Now his murderers are out there, while he lies down in a dark six-feet cold hollow grave at only 15.”

Charges laid, investigation on-going

According to Sergeant Colin Chisholm police have two people in police custody with charges pending.

“The individual driver, cannot be named at this time. I can confirm that he will be charged with second degree murder and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle, causing death,” said Chisholm.

While the name of the driver is not being release yet, Chisholm said he is known to police.

Ibaad’s father thanked police for their help and said his family and friends will continue to feel this loss.

“He loved to make people smile and help. He was our beloved son, loyal brother, a faithful friend, and he will be missed by everyone,” said Yar.

The investigation is still ongoing and police are asking that anyone with any information come forward. 

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