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Vehicles drive on a busy stretch of Route 2 near Kensington where a 53-year-old man died Wednesday night after being struck by a car.
Sister of victim Lowell Stavert says there was no big party, no big fight in Kensington fatality
A grieving family says the death of Lowell D. Stavert, 53, of Kensington about 9:30 p.m. Christmas night was a horrific accident for a man who was just trying to help.
Sharon Stavert told the Guardian Friday that rumours and reports miss the whole point of what happened when her brother died after being struck by a car on a snowy highway. The accident occurred on Route 2, near the Pine Acres RV store in Kensington. The accident is continuing to be investigated by Prince County RCMP but no charges have been laid as yet.
Sharon Stavert said that her brother Lowell lived with her at her residence in Kensington.
The whole family had been to their mother’s for a Christmas dinner where there had been just mild seasonal drinking, just a drink or two, said Sharon.
She returned home with Lowell that evening after the family gathering, when her daughter stopped by to pick up a meat pie. The daughter’s boyfriend was also there but left, walking up the road with the keys to the car.
Lowell went out to catch up and get the keys back for his niece, Sharon told the Guardian.
What happened next they don’t know but she has her suspicions. Sharon does not believe there ever was a fight, beyond perhaps some arguing.
She thinks a car stopped to see if help was needed for two people walking on the side of the road, and the headlights may have been distracting for an on-coming car as the two men crossed the highway.
“Who knows,” said Sharon. “It was a freak accident.”
Both men were struck by a car but that did not seriously injure the boyfriend, who fled the scene and later turned himself into the RCMP, said Sharon.
She said the boyfriend highly respected Lowell.
“It was far from his intentions of ever seeing my brother get hurt,” said Sharon. “Them two, they thought a lot of each other.
“My brother aways tried to make people happy,” she said.
Lowell worked at Cavendish Farms and was not married. He was the fifth of seven children, said Sharon.
“He loved to tell his stories and he loved to make people feel welcome and laugh,” she said. “He was always there to make people happy. He had a big heart.”
She said she has received about 600 messages of condolences on Facebook.
Stavert’s funeral arrangements are with Davison Funeral Home, Kensington, where a visitation will be held Saturday from 1 to 2:30 p.m., followed by funeral in the Davison Funeral Home chapel at 3 p.m. Interment later in Geddie Memorial Cemetery, Spring Brook with a gathering of remembrance at Spring Brook Hall.