Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Nanaimo mom continues fight against 15-passenger vans

Stella Gurr
Danielle Bell, Daily News

Published: Monday, May 24, 2010

A Nanaimo mother whose son was killed in a crash in a 15-passenger van will travel to Ottawa tomorrow for the introduction of a private member's bill limiting the use of the vans.

Stella Gurr lost her son Michael in a rollover crash in Manitoba in 2008. The 26-year-old man was on a cross-Canada tour with his Vancouver-based band, The Hotel Lobbyists, when the 15-passenger van he was riding in flipped several times along the Trans-Canada Highway.

A year after his death, Gurr coralled family and friends through mass e-mails and spurred hundreds of letters sent to Transport Canada urging officials to take action against the vans she and safety experts have referred to as "death traps."