Ethiopian woman in Canada killed in hit-and-run car accident

Farida Abdurahman the woman killed in a hit and run on Monday July 27, 2015, in the cross walk at Centre St. and 43 Ave. N., in Calgary, Alta. Photo courtesy of the family/Calgary Sun/Postmedia Network

Farida Abdurahman the woman killed in a hit and run on Monday July 27, 2015, in the cross walk at Centre St. and 43 Ave. N., in Calgary, Alta. Photo courtesy of the family/Calgary Sun/Postmedia Network

Calgary hit-and-run victim identified as Farida Abdurahman

 

BY , CALGARY SUN

The woman killed in a hit-and-run crash immigrated to Canada seven years ago and was hoping to see her parents this fall for the first time in more than a decade.

Farida Abdurahman, 33, was on her way home from work at the Peter Lougheed Centre about 11:15 p.m. Monday when she got off a bus in the 4300 block of Centre St. N.

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Abdurahman was crossing Centre St. N. in a marked crosswalk, headed to her home nearby, when she was hit by a southbound vehicle.

Witnesses heard the crash but didn’t see it and found Abdurahman laying in the street.

The vehicle didn’t stop.

Abdurahman was rushed to Foothills hospital where she died.

“There was a lot of debris left behind from the car so when our investigators got there, they pieced together a lot of information and they came up with some possibles,” said Traffic Staff Sgt. Paul Stacey.

“About three or four hours later, we were able to locate the car.”

Police found a silver 2000 Buick Regal parked in the 6400 block of 4A St. N.E.

Stacey said the vehicle was parked near the registered owner’s home.

A man in his 50s was taken into custody around 10 a.m. Tuesday and was being interviewed by police.

“We don’t know if that will result in any charges at this point,” said Stacey.

Abdurahman immigrated to Canada about seven years ago, said friend Iman Sherif, and had obtained her Canadian citizenship last year.

farhidShe was planning on returning to Ethiopia in September to see her parents for the first time in 15 years, said Sherif.

Abdurahman lived in Calgary with a younger sister and would regularly send money to her parents and other siblings in Ethiopia.

“Like most people in the refugee life, (she came to Canada) to help family back home have a better life,” she said.

“To give younger siblings the chance that you didn’t have, that was one of her passions.

“She was supporting a lot of people back home, she would say ‘my nieces are going to university, they’re almost there,’ not everybody gets that opportunity in countries like (Ethiopia), that was one of the reasons she came.”

The vehicle suffered significant damage to its front passenger side, said Stacey, and the driver would have known they hit something.

“Oh yeah, 100%,” he said.

A memorial service is planned for Wednesday, said Sherif, and friends are working to set up a GoFundMe page to help Abdurahman’s family.

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