Correctional Service of Canada members paid their respects to one of their own on Friday.
A motorcade, dozens of vehicles long, drove through Chilliwack and into Vancouver on Jan. 8 in memory of federal corrections officer Gabriel Choi who died in a fatal collision while on his way to work in Agassiz on Dec. 29, 2020.
The motorcade was escorting Choi’s family with his ashes to Vancouver International Airport where they will be flown back home to Ontario where he’s from.
Along with vehicles from Correctional Service of Canada, members of the RCMP, Abbotsford Police and British Columbia Ambulance Service joined the motorcade.
Choi was the victim of the Dec. 29 crash where a vehicle, heading the wrong way on Highway 1 in Chilliwack near Lickman Road, collided with his vehicle as the people in the other car tried to flee police. Choi initially survived the crash, but later died that night from his injuries.
“Gabe Choi was a beloved son, brother, family member, boyfriend, friend, teammate, and colleague. He was always ready to offer up a smile and his positive energy was contagious,” wrote David Pistecky on a GoFundMe page.
The GoFundMe was set up to raise money for Choi’s parents to help with his final arrangements. More than $50,000 was raised, 10 times more than the $5,000 goal.
– With files from Jennifer Feinberg