Calgary, AB,

Charges pending in gas drive off hit-and-run

As a result of an investigation by the Calgary Police Service Collision Reconstruction Unit, with assistance from the Homicide Unit and central GIU, charges are now pending against one man in relation to a gas drive off hit-and-run that killed one person.

At approximately 11 a.m., on Sunday, June 7, 2015,  a stolen 2006 Ford Super Duty pick-up truck with license plate EUX378 committed a gas drive-off at a gas station in the 1700 block of 16 Avenue N.W.

The Ford headed westbound on 16 Avenue and pulled into a parking lot, approximately one block west. Ashtiana RASHIDI, also known as Maryam, a 35-year-old female employee of the gas station tracked down the Ford in the parking lot and attempted to prevent it from driving away by standing in front it. The Ford struck her as it exited the parking lot and carried her on the hood approximately 15 metres. RASHIDI was thrown off of the hood into the middle westbound lane of the 1800 block of 16 Avenue. She was subsequently run over by the Ford as it fled the scene westbound on 16 Avenue N.W.

RASHIDI was transported to hospital in critical condition, where she passed away yesterday.

Tips from the public led to the recovery of the abandoned truck on the evening of Monday, June 8 2015, from the 3800 block of Vancouver Crescent N.W. The vehicle is currently being examined for forensic and mechanical evidence.

At approximately 8 p.m., yesterday, Tuesday, June 9, 2015, information led officers to a home in the Beddington area where the two suspects were located.

Following direction from the Crown’s office, no charges were laid against a 16-year-old male, identified as the passenger in the vehicle.

The driver was arrested at the same time at the same location. He is a 20-year-old male from Calgary. It is anticipated he will be charged with the following once he has appeared before a Justice of the Peace:

  • Criminal negligence causing death
  • Hit and run causing death
  • Dangerous driving causing death
  • Possession of stolen property over $5000
  • Theft

Further charges may be laid. His name will be released following his court appearance.

The Calgary Police Service would like to thank the public and the media for their assistance.

CASE # 15229321