November 19, 2022 (GCDC) - An unexpected tragedy has left a Calgary family in disbelief and pain as they continue to search for answers to the hit-and run-death of Aloka Akot.
The 27-year-old is being remembered as an amazing mother, a kind-hearted and strong woman who would do anything for others.
Akot succumbed to her injuries after she was struck by a vehicle while crossing the intersection of 17th Avenue and 44th Street S.E. the community of Forest Lawn at around 8 p.m. on Oct. 27. The driver left the scene and has yet to be located by police.
"I live now with this pain because I love her so much, she was a lovely girl," said Nybol Acor, Aloka's mother,
"I came here to Canada for a better life and this person took my daughter's life away. I need help if anyone knows anything about what happened to my daughter."
Akot leaves behind an 11-year-old daughter named Christina who was adopted by another family at the age of three years old.
Acor and her husband Joseph Wol moved to Canada to escape war in Sudan and arrived in Calgary in 2002 with a then-six-year-old Aloka.
Wol says watching his daughter die in front of him in the hospital was the worst moment of his life.
"We needed to make the decision to take her off of life support," said Wol. "I couldn't talk, I couldn't feel. The doctors told me there's nothing we can do.
"So now we need to find this person responsible. An accident is an accident, and that person could have stopped, but to just run away, when they run away, we see someone who knows what they're doing."
Wol says his daughter had big dreams to one day become a doctor herself and that she loved to volunteer in her community as a social worker.
Ayak Kout, a close friend of the family, is mourning the death of her dear friend who she knew more for more than 20 years.
"Aloka was such a loving girl and she will be missed so dearly by her mother, father, and older siblings," said Kout. "It’s just so frustrating to lose her at such a young age.
"What we want is closure and to know who was responsible. She was a sister to many, she was a mother, a cousin, and an aunt and it breaks my heart to have her life taken away."
ONGOING POLICE INVESTIGATION
Calgary police continue to investigate the fatal hit-and-run and are working to uncover leads into who was responsible for the incident on the evening of Oct. 27.
On Nov. 1, police seized a black Mercedes sedan and towed it from an apartment complex on Sherwood Boulevard N.W. A spokesperson for the Calgary Police Service confirmed it's believed the car was the one involved in the fatal crash and that its passenger-side front tire has been recently replaced with a spare.
Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call the CPS non-emergency line at 403-266-1234 or anonymous tips may be submitted to Crime Stoppers.
be able to rest in peace. We hope that person can come forward, not only for the family but for the whole community to give some peace of mind." (CTV)