Driver involved in crash that killed five members of Surrey family dies from ‘brain condition’

Published: May 6, 2013
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Members of the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara temple hold a candlelight vigil for the Sachdeva family, who lost five members in a horrific car crash, in Surrey, May 4, 2013. Gerry Kahrmann/PNG



The driver of a minivan that collided with a car in Surrey in which five members of one family, including two children, were killed, has died of a “brain condition” and police are investigating whether it played a role in the horrific crash.

Daniel Gore, 46, died on the weekend in hospital during brain surgery for the illness that he may not have known he had and which his family didn’t know about, said Surrey RCMP spokesman Cpl. Bert Paquet.

Gore’s vehicle ran a red light at 176 Street and 32 Avenue on the morning of April 28, slamming into the Sachdeva family’s 1994 Toyota Corolla travelling through the intersection on the way home from a religious ceremony.

Daniel Gore, 46, of Langley underwent surgery over the weekend to deal with a brain condition that was discovered while he was in hospital for the treatment of injuries he suffered in a crash that killed five members of Surrey’s Sachdeva family. Gore died on Sunday, May 5, 2013. Submitted photo/Facebook

Reena Sachdeva, her five-year-old son, Aanish, Jessica, age three, sister-in-law Neelam and mother-in-law Vidya, 68, were all killed instantly in the crash, which scattered debris for 100 metres.

Gore survived with what Paquet said were non-life threatening injuries after “severe trauma to a lot of his body,” and was listed in serious condition in hospital all week. He was unable to be interviewed by police.

The brain condition was discovered in hospital and he died during surgery for that condition, said Paquet.

He said police are trying to establish whether Gore’s condition contributed to the crash.

“It’s obviously a possibility we have to consider. It certainly brings a challenge, that we never had a chance to ask [Gore] his recollections.”

Paquet said police are waiting for lab results and consulting with doctors. He said it was important “to bring closure to the families involved, definitely.”

Police have interviewed 50 witnesses, including people who may have seen the crash or been involved before or after.

The investigation also includes analysis of the crash site.

“We’re still trying to connect all the dots,” Paquet said. “We’re not drawing any conclusions yet.”

He said the results will be made public after the investigation is complete in several weeks.

He said Gore was the father of two children and was not known to police.

“Everyone involved in that tragic accident are very good people,” he said. “It’s very sad. It was a family being in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

A RIP Facebook page has been set up for Gore.

Reena’s husband, Jolly, who runs Sachdeva Sweets at the 7500 Scott Plaza and who wasn’t in the car, is left to raise the couple’s young twins.

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