Truck drivers from Victoria to Nanaimo formed a convoy today to honour eight-year-old Linden Baglo, who died two weeks ago after being struck by a vehicle while riding his bicycle.
Pete Fry, one of the organizers of the convoy, said Baglo’s stepfather is a truck driver himself.
A conversation with a fellow truck driver who wondered if they would gather to honour Baglo, inspired Fry to help organize the event.
“I just took that, jumped on it and said challenge accepted,” Fry said. “I messaged [his stepfather] and said you let me know the time and place of the service and I’ll make sure trucks are there.”
About 50 to 60 trucks were expected to participate in the convoy toward the Vancouver Island Conference Centre where Baglo’s service is being held today.
Fry said a dozen or more trucks will be heading to Nanaimo from Victoria and will be collecting more on their way up the Island.
“It’s nice to see the truckers, the brothers and sisters are sticking together and getting together,” he said.
On Jan. 6, Baglo was struck by a pickup truck when he rode his bicycle out of a driveway in the 1000 block of Nelson Street in Nanaimo. Baglo was wearing a helmet, according to officers.
Alcohol, speed and drugs are not believed to be contributing factors.
Baglo was a student of School District 68 and RCMP school liaison officers along with grief counsellors were in place to assist students and staff affected by the incident.
Nanaimo RCMP Victim Services also attended the scene to assist the family and those involved.
– With files from Nanaimo News Staff