Another caregiver dies in ‘hit and run’ in Surrey

Surrey, B.C.

Another Pinay caregiver killed in
‘hit and run’ accident

By Ted Alcuitas

Less than a week after the death of a caregiver hit by two cars in Vancouver, another one died in a ‘hit and run’ crash in Surrey, B. C.

Josie Belcourt, 57, was hit on March 14 by a grey 2010 or 2011 Honda CRV near the intersection of King George Boulevard and 84th Avenue just before 7 a.m. according to Surrey RCMP.

The other caregiver, Lucia Velasco, was killed on March 14 while crossing 41st & Kerr in Vancouver.

Josie’s husband Vincent, appealed to the driver to give up in a CBC interview “so that my family can have closure.”

“That morning she said goodbye and I said bye and I’ll see you and I love you,” Belcourt said.”I get a pounding on the door 15 minutes later by the RCMP to tell me that my wife was hit on King George Highway.”

“My wife was very special to me. She was basically my life and my support,” he said. “I miss her so much.

Belcourt plans on taking Josie’s ashes to her family in the Philippines.

Josie worked as a caregiver at Outlook House in Vancouver’s downtown eastside.

Belcourt was about to move into a new home with his wife but now says he can’t go there. He is staying in a motel.

He calls the driver’s actions cowardly, but says his wife was the type of person who probably would have forgiven them.

Anyone with more information about this collision is asked to contact Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or Crime Stoppers.