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Accused drunk driver appears in court after three men were killed in May

Last Updated Aug 17, 2015 at 3:42 pm PDT

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Fatal crash in Pemberton in May was an "avoidable tragedy": Family of victim

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The sister of one of three men who died in a suspected drunk driving incident on Highway 99 in May is describing those deaths as an “avoidable tragedy.”

Samuel Alec, accused of driving drunk and killing two cyclists and his passenger near Pemberton in May before fleeing the scene, made his first appearance in North Vancouver provincial court.

We heard from a woman identifying herself as Paul Pierre Junior’s sister — Pierre was Alec’s passenger who died in the crash.

“It’s pretty hard, really hard,” she says. “We’re pretty much just staying to ourselves these days.”

The woman says she hopes the court process brings some sort of resolution to the family.

“It was an avoidable tragedy and that’s pretty much all I can say right now,” she says. “It’s very hard for us.”

Cyclists Ross Chafe and Kelly Blunden died during the crash while a third cyclist involved did not suffer injuries.