Kings County editorial: Support for Hope-Simpson amazing, but police need help

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Kings County takes care of its own.

It’s incredibly heartwarming to hear that a fundraiser for Kings County woman Tasha Hope-Simpson raised $13,000 last weekend, packing the Gaspereau Hall to capacity. A fundraising website has brought in an additional $20,000 in aid. The funds will go towards helping Tasha with her recovery after a hit and run crash in Wolfville on Nov. 2.

Tasha has required eight surgeries and lost part of her leg in the past month since the crash. She still has a long road ahead of her; Tasha is looking at more recovery time and will also need to be fitted with a prosthetic.

Family members and friends report that despite the fact that she is going through a devastating time, she has an incredibly positive outlook, which is to be commended.

 “Her positive spirit is inspiring,” said Tasha’s grandmother, Peggy Hope-Simpson, during the benefit. “It’s inspiring to see what people can do when faced with adversity.”

The support of the community will go a long way to helping with her recovery, both financially and in helping her keep her positive outlook.

However, it’s truly despicable that someone could strike a young woman with their car, pinning her to another nearby vehicle, and leave her alone in a parking lot late at night. Even more outrageous: to date, no one has come forward to accept responsibility for their actions, despite the publicity this case has received. The driver responsible must know what their actions cost a vibrant young woman.

The Kings RCMP have not given up  - according to Const. Blair MacMurtery, there are two full-time officers investigating the case - but police admit that they need someone to come forward to help them find the person responsible for the crash that cost Tasha part of her leg. They want to talk to people who might have witnessed the hit and run, which occurred around 11:20 p.m. on Nov. 2 near the Subway parking lot in Wolfville.

And so, an appeal: if you know who did this act, if you even suspect someone who might be involved, come forward. Call the Kings County RCMP, call Crimestoppers, and help police find the answers.

To the person responsible – own up to what you’ve done, accept the consequences of your actions that night. A young woman will have to live with the consequences of your actions for the rest of her life. Give Tasha and her family some peace. 

Organizations: Kings County RCMP

Geographic location: Kings, Wolfville

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