Albanian extradited to Canada due to fatal accident in 2014 in Richmond, British Columbia

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Richmond RCMP announced the successful extradition of an Albanian who left Canada in 2014 shortly after being involved in an accident that claimed the life of a 36-year-old cyclist.In a statement, the RCMP wrote that on the afternoon of July 30, 2014, Erjon Kashari, 33, was driving a red Pontiac Aztek northbound, approaching the intersection of Russ Baker Way and Gilbert Road.

The statement said the vehicle “was approaching a red light at the intersection, when it suddenly turned right, rolled over a concrete island at the intersection and struck a cyclist, before coming to a stop. in the grass off-road ”.

The accident killed cyclist Christy Mahy of Richmond, who died in hospital.

Her sister, Joni Mahy, said her family has been waiting for authorities to bring Kashari back to Canada for a long time.

“It has been a really tough six years. “

Joni Mahy said his older sister Christy was a kind and generous person. (Joni Mahy)

Joni Mahy struggled to hold back tears as she described how hearing about the extradition aroused mixed emotions.

“Nothing will ever bring her back, but I’m glad he was brought here… and Christy will get justice.” ”

Kashari was in Canada on a work permit at the time, but left soon after. The RCMP said charges had been laid and an arrest warrant had been issued against his arrest in June 2018.

In July 2019, Kashari was taken into custody by the Albanian police and detained for extradition. The Richmond RCMP General Investigation Section then began the process of bringing Kashari back to Canada for trial.

The corner of Russ Baker Way and Gilbert Road near Sea Island Airport in Richmond, British Columbia, where cyclist Christy Mahy was struck and killed. (Google Street View)

On August 11, 2020, investigators from Richmond traveled to Albania where Kashari was transferred to their custody and returned to Canada. He remains in custody on a charge of criminal negligence causing death.

Richmond RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Ian Henderson said the extradition process was complex.

“I think it’s extremely important to note that even though it was a foreign national, our driving laws still apply and drivers need to be careful. “

Police said Interpol, Albanian authorities, the Justice Department, the International Assistance Group, the Canada Border Services Agency and RCMP liaison officers in the Netherlands, Germany, in Austria and Albania all contributed to the successful extradition.

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