Family speaks out on Christmas-Day death

Nigel Armstrong
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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.

Organizations: RCMP

Geographic location: Kensington, Spring Brook

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Recent comments

  • fed up
    December 28, 2013 - 15:10

    I don't see how any one can say the media made up anything . The media's job is to report the story. There was some sort of confrontation and some one died . What did the media do wrong?

  • ..
    December 28, 2013 - 12:37

    Why does the media always have to twist stories? Let everyone have some peace at this time, and stop trying to make things up.

  • EIleen Brown
    December 28, 2013 - 12:22

    What ever happened God may only know May he rest in peace . |And if people would only mind their business and let God and police handle it just saying !

  • Valerie Mitchell
    December 28, 2013 - 11:45

    Some people just use these comments for attention. Pay none to just Me, Sharon. We will grieve with you for your Brother May he rest in peace & may you find Comfort in the Condolences . There is a new light in our sky now & we call him Lowell.

  • connie bell
    December 28, 2013 - 10:46

    Sharon & Family I am so sorry for your loss. Lowell will be missed alot by you,family and friends. He was a great person.

  • Ginette Fitzgerald
    December 28, 2013 - 10:05

    My condolences to your family! Heaven has another angel!

  • Just Me!
    December 28, 2013 - 08:21

    I understand the family wanting to make right of this tragic event but still it doesn't all add up. If they weren't fighting and nothing was wrong why did the guy run from the scene? Sounds a bit bizarre to me. I still think there is something missing here but good job trying to cover the real facts and make the driver of the vehicle look like it was all his fault. Something fishy here.

    • Jen d.
      December 28, 2013 - 11:31

      Comments like this aren't helpful. In all likelihood a member of this man's family is reading this article and the comments following. Have a heart, and play at being amateur detective during CSI.

    • Snow White
      December 28, 2013 - 14:05

      I have to agree with Just Me. There are holes in the story. Some things dont add up at all. But I think the cops will be the one who figure the truth out. I do want to wish the family my condolences. It is hard, especially this time of year. My thoughts are with the family during this difficult time.

    • Me Too
      December 28, 2013 - 17:59


  • carolyn gaudet and susan arsenault
    December 28, 2013 - 08:20

    sharon so sorry for your loss .

  • Elle
    December 28, 2013 - 01:10

    Thank YOU Ms Stavert for ensuring the correct version of events is published. What a wonderful way to honor your brother. My condolences to your family.

    • Me Too
      December 28, 2013 - 18:01

      Yes, thank you... nice to know there was an eye-witness.

  • sharon stavert
    December 27, 2013 - 22:04

    Thank you to the Guardian for grtting the story right!!