Travis Selje.

Family awaits trial date three years after Surrey teen was killed in crash

‘We’re pissed off with how slow the system goes,’ says father of Travis Selje

Three years after Travis Selje was killed in a crash at a Cloverdale intersection, the case of the driver charged with causing his death has yet to be heard in court.

On the evening of May 3, 2017, Selje was on his way home from a soccer practice when a speeding Cadillac slammed into his Honda Prelude, which was stopped at a red light, heading east.

The 17-year-old, a high-level athlete and straight-A student, succumbed to his injuries at Royal Columbian Hospital two days later.

Charged with criminal negligence causing death is Surrey resident Rituraj Kaur Grewal, who also faces charges of criminal negligence causing bodily harm, and failing to remain at the scene of a collision.

In B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster, the next scheduled appearance is May 28, to fix a date for trial.

“They had the preliminary hearing in March, so now they have to go to another hearing to set up a trial date,” said Travis’ father, Miki. “That was supposed to happen in April but because of the coronavirus it got changed to May 28.”

Grewal was charged in October 2018.

“We’re pissed off with how slow the system goes,” Miki added.

Near the site of the crash, on the southwest corner of 64th Avenue and 176th Street, a roadside memorial includes a white metal cross built by Miki, a machinist by trade.

• RELATED STORY, from 2019: Two years after the death of teen soccer player Travis Selje, a Surrey family’s pain persists.

• READ ALSO: Tragic anniversary for two Surrey families now, after Travis Selje’s death.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, this spring’s TS3 Inspires soccer tournament, held in memory of Travis, has been postponed until next year.

“They wanted to move it to another date later this year, and we said no, let’s just cancel it, postpone it, for this year,” Miki said. “But we’re still giving the scholarships to the players this year and a Lord Tweedsmuir student. We give one to a graduating student there and two to the soccer club – one to a female player and another to a male who are graduating.”

The inaugural tournament, created as a fun-filled day for preteen players, was held at Cloverdale Athletic Park last June.

On Sunday (May 3), members of the Surrey United soccer club did a workout in honour of Travis and posted messages of support on social media.

“Today we remember Travis as we have on this weekend each of the past three years,” the club said in a tweet.

(Story continues below)

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

‘Not a joke’: Promoter wants to rocket-launch man the length of White Rock pier

Brooke Colby says he’s building an eight-foot rocket in his backyard

A second wave of COVID-19 is probable, if history tells us anything

B.C.’s top doctor says that what health officials have learned this round will guide response in future

Dry-grad cancelled, Elgin Park students make donation to food bank

Students donate $1,800 to food bank after being forced to cancel graduation event

Prospera Credit Union, Westminster Savings lay off over 100 staff following historic merge

2020 merger was largest credit-union merger in Canadian history

COVID-19: Daily update on the pandemic in Surrey, White Rock and beyond

MAY 23: There is an outbreak at a Lower Mainland fruit processing plant

LIVE: Procession to honour Snowbirds Capt. Jennifer Casey comes to Halifax

Snowbirds service member died in a crash in Kamloops one week ago

One man dead after standoff with Chilliwack RCMP

The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. is investigating the RCMP’s role in the death

B.C. employers worry about safety, cash flow, second wave in COVID-19 restart

A survey found 75 per cent of businesses worry about attracting customers

Ex-BC Greens leader Andrew Weaver says province came close to early election

Disagreement centred on the LNG Canada project in northern B.C.

Help the ‘Cloverdale Reporter’ continue its mission to provide trusted local news

Facing changes together: Your community, your journalists

Canada’s NHL teams offer options to season-ticket holders

Canadian teams are offering refunds, but also are pushing a number of incentives to let them keep the money

Boy, 2, left with ‘soft tissue injuries’ after being hit by car in Squamish intersection

Boy was release from hospital, police continue to investigate

B.C. premier says lessons to learn from past racism during response to pandemic

B.C. formally apologized in the legislature chamber in 2008 for its role in the Komagata Maru tragedy

Snowbirds to remain at Kamloops Airport indefinitely after fatal crash

small contingent of the Snowbirds team is staying in Kamloops, acting as stewards of the jets

Most Read