Cyril Vigeant is living every parent’s nightmare.
Last week Cyril’s son Kyle, 22, died following a single vehicle incident on Chimney Lake Road, which police have associated with theft and fraud.
“I would like the community to know my son was in no way involved with these people or these thefts,” Mr. Vigeant said Thursday.
Kyle was born and raised in Williams Lake, and worked a variety of jobs in the community before settling in as an assistant manager at Best Buy Propane.
His dad says Kyle was known for his upbeat, reliable personality.
“He was there for anyone that needed help. He had time for anyone, and was always looking out for the underdog.”
But it may have been that kindness that led Kyle to get in the vehicle early Monday morning after work.
Just a few short hours after his son said goodnight, the vehicle Kyle was a passenger in lost control.
Mr. Vigeant said his son was killed, and his son’s friend, who was also in the vehicle, is in hospital with critical injuries.
“I don’t want people to think they had the wrong impression of my boy. He was not involved with these people, other than the mistake of getting in their vehicle,” Mr. Vigeant said.
June 25 the RCMP said the 21-year-old driver of the vehicle and a passenger fled the scene following the crash and stole another vehicle from a nearby residence, before being apprehended by police. Police said both men are from Alberta and the driver had outstanding warrants from that province. Police also reported one person died at the scene, one person was taken to hospital with serious injuries. Another person was arrested without incident at the scene. Police also said the group of males involved in the crash were involved with fraud and theft in and around Williams Lake.
June 27 Williams Lake RCMP Insp. Warren Brown clarified the “deceased is not a suspect in these offences. The people we have in custody are believed to be involved in other property offences.”
Mr. Vigeant said: “My son was always giving people a second, and third and fourth chance. He said there’s always good in someone, you just had to find it. Kyle’s biggest mistake was his heart. It always seems to be the good who dies in situations like this.”
Services for Kyle Vigeant will be held at Compassionate Care Funeral Home at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 6. A celebration of life will follow at the Elk’s Hall at 1 p.m.