Lutfullah Behzad remembers the moment he learned his daughter Muska had been involved in a collision.
“Your mind tells you something, that it could be my daughter, and suddenly the ground was slipping out of my foot,” he said. “How hard it is when I heard this news.”
Fourteen-year-old Muska was struck and killed by a dump truck as she was walking home from Byrne Creek Community School in Burnaby.
Muska immigrated to BC with her mother and siblings in 2020 to be with her father.
Behzad said his daughter was mature beyond her years, spending her days caring for her two younger brothers.
“She was like an angel,” Behzad said.
He said Muska had dreams of becoming a doctor, in part so she could earn a good living and support her family.
“She would think about us,” he said. “She’d say, ‘I really want a good life for you, a good future for you.'”
The teen was honored by hundreds at a funeral service on Monday.
Concerns about the surrounding circumstances her death remain, namely a nearby construction project that has been at the center of safety issues.
In November, another girl was hit by a minivan in the same location, and in 2020, a worker was crushed to death. Police have issued more than 100 tickets to commercial vehicle drivers in the area.
The construction company, Ledingham McAllister & Marcon, claims it followed safety requirements.
The City of Burnaby said Wednesday that it will install a temporary sidewalk along the south side of 11th Avenue between 15th and 17th Street this summer with plans for a permanent sidewalk. It said it is also looking at other traffic calming and safety measures.
It went on to say it will make any necessary changes if an RCMP investigation finds the City could have done something differently to avoid such a tragedy.