A 77-year-old man has been charged after allegedly hitting four people with his truck as they raised awareness on the harrowing legacy of residential schools last spring.
Richard Manuel of Deroche, B.C., faces one count of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle in relation to the June incident in Mission, which sent two people to the hospital with minor injuries.
“It’s really disappointing. I think there should have been more charges,” said one of the alleged victims, Troy Ingraldi, on Thursday.
“Dangerous operation of a motor vehicle is not enough … he should have been charged with a hit-and-run.”
The second annual March for Recognition for Residential Schools, organized by the Crazy Indians Brotherhood BC, took place on June 4. Participants were making their way from Heritage Park to the site of the former St. Mary’s Residential School, temporarily blocking the eastbound lane of the Lougheed Highway, when they encountered the angry driver of a blue truck.