Friends and family identified the victim as Marcelina Perdido Agulay
The woman who died in a head-on collision in North Vancouver Tuesday was remembered as a mother, grandmother, a devoted member of the community, and champion for the working class.
Friends and family identified the victim as Marcelina Perdido Agulay.
According to a GoFundMe page set up for the family, Agulay had just picked up her husband Leonilo from work when they were hit by a vehicle driven by a drunk driver shortly after 11 p.m. on Low Level Road, west of the Neptune/Cargill Overpass.
Agulay’s husband sustained life-threatening injuries and remains in hospital.
North Vancouver MLA Bowinn Ma said Agulay was “kind, principled” and a “fearless organizer for the marginalized working class,” while former NDP MLA Svend Robinson described Lina, as she was called by family and friends, as a crusader for justice.
Agulay was a member of Migrante BC, a community organization that works to protect the rights of Filipino immigrants and migrant workers.
Agulay was a grandmother and crafter, known “for her smiles, good sense of humour, (and) a big and generous heart,” according to a social media post by the organization. “She will be missed.”
Police have not released the identities of the people involved in the accident. RCMP has not confirmed the collision was a result of impaired driving, but said alcohol may have been a factor.
“It’s a very sad morning,” said police spokesman Sgt. Peter DeVries Wednesday morning.
DeVries said the woman and her passenger were travelling eastbound when a westbound vehicle driven by a lone male occupant appears to have crossed the centre line.
The vehicle occupied by the lone male was on fire when emergency services arrived, but the male had been removed before the blaze started, said DeVries.
All three were transported to local hospitals.
The woman was declared dead and her passenger remains in critical condition.