Oct 3, 2010 - 9 years ago
By Supply Post
The British Columbia Trucking Association (BCTA) is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual(s) who attacked and severely beat Monarch Transport driver Alex Fraser on September 24, 2010, on the Yellowhead Highway just north of Blue River, BC. BCTA urges anyone with information to contact: the Valemont RCMP by phone (250-566-4466) or fax (250-566-9964); their local RCMP detachment; or, if anonymity is preferred or the BC Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.
Monarch Transport, Fraser’s employer, is a BCTA member company. “I have never, in the 16 years I’ve been with BCTA, heard of anything like this,” says Paul Landry, BCTA’s President & CEO. “BCTA is committed to all forms of safety in trucking, whether that means road safety or safety for truck drivers. We want to help bring the perpetrators to justice.”
The attack occurred when Fraser, 67, pulled over on his way home to Vernon to assist two men who appeared to need help with a stranded vehicle on the side of the highway. Instead, he was hit on the head from behind by a third individual and beaten while down and unconscious at side of the road. Fraser was able to re-enter his vehicle when he came to and eventually made it to the Husky Station in Blue River, where he received help. He required surgery for his injuries and is now recuperating at home. Because of this incident, Fraser has said that he is ending his 45-year career in the trucking industry.
BCTA has enlisted help from Crime Stoppers in receiving and processing tips about Fraser’s beating. Crime Stoppers generally offers a $2000 reward for information leading to an arrest; BCTA is offering an additional $10,000 for information that leads to a conviction for the crime.
The Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-8477 number is completely anonymous, without caller display or *69 functions, so callers cannot be traced or identified. Specially trained representatives provide code numbers to tipsters.
“Most people care about keeping their communities safe. By involving Crime Stoppers, we’re also guaranteeing an avenue for individuals who want to do the right thing, but have their own fears about safety,” Landry noted. “Truck drivers are known for helping others on the road. I’d hate to be in a world where they can no longer choose to be Good Samaritans. I hope that others who feel the same way will come forward.”
BCTA is also soliciting donations to assist Alex Fraser cope with his unanticipated entry into what should have been a planned and well-earned retirement. “BCTA has the industry’s support for this effort – our only concern is finding the people who did it.” Landry invites anyone who’d like to take part to contact BCTA at 604-888-5319 or 1-800-565-2282.
BCTA is the recognised voice of the provincial motor carrier industry, representing over 800 truck and bus fleets and over 250 suppliers to the industry. Over 13,000 vehicles are operated by BCTA members in BC. BCTA operating members employ 26,000 people in BC and generate over $2 billion in revenue in the province annually.