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Trickler family hoping witness comes forward

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Published on Fri, Jan 15, 2010 by BY PAM STEVENS | EDITOR

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Heather Trickler was struck by a 1995 Chevy Astro Van around 10:30 p.m. on May 30, 2009.

Rob Trickler and his family are hoping for closure after their daughter, Heather, was killed by a hit and run driver last May while walking along the Highway 2 trestle on her way to Lake Stevens to see her dad for his birthday.
Heather was struck by a 1995 Chevrolet Astro Van around 10:30 p.m. that night. The vehicle nor the driver have yet been identified.

However, just recently a surveillance photo of the young man walking with Heather that evening has been given to the Washington State Patrol.

The young man knocked on the door of a home on Home Acres Road on Ebey Island and told the man inside, “my homegirl’s been hit.”

The young man asked for a ride to the Everett Transit Center and has never come forward regarding the hit and run.
Police and the Trickler family are hoping the new photos will help to identify the young man.
Police do not want to arrest the man, only speak to him as a witness to the accident.

“Please help us get this photo to as close to every human on the planet that we can,” Trickler said. “This may be all we have to get justice for my Sweetpea.”

 Family hopes that the above surveillance photos will bring forward a possible witness.

Trickler, an attorney, has also been working with Rep. Mike Hope, R-44th District, on several bills to help protect families of hit and run victims and also families of troubled youth.
“Rob is a father in pain after the loss of his daughter, but he is not powerless,” Hope said. “He is turning his grief into action for other victims and parents. This legislation recognizes that hitting a pedestrian with a vehicle is much more dangerous than hitting a person inside a vehicle. It would provide compensation for victims of a hit and run, whether they are driving victims or walking victims. These provisions are simple, but will mean a lot to future victims and parents.”

HB2728 is known as the Heather Sweetpea Trickler Public Safety Act of 2010.
This bill relates to adding hit and run victims to the crime victims compensation definition.   
HB2729 gives parents and courts more tools to motivate their children back on course. It would increase maximum confinement for contempt of court from seven days to 60 days. This would allow judges to hold a troubled teen in custody longer for such things as treatment or counseling.

And HB2730 is a bill that would increase the punishment for people that leave the scene of a hit and run when the victim is a pedestrian or biker. 

The Washington State Patrol asks people with information to call 360-658-2588. Crime Stoppers of Puget Sounds will pay up to $1,000 for information to help find the person responsible for Heather Trickler’s death. Call 800-222-TIPS to leave a confidential tip.

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