26 year old Kyle Syrenne died as a result of injuries while on his way to his girlfriend’s home on the Songhees reserve
There is no doubt someone hit 26 year old Kyle Syrenne last February 2015.
As a result, he died three days after falling and hitting his head on the Songhees reserve.
But as Mary Griffin reports, no-one will be charged.
An avid skateboarder, 26 year old Kyle Syrenne grew up in Saskatchewan but moved to Victoria in 2013.
Shortly after 4 a.m. on February 23, 2015, Syrenne, his girlfriend and two others walked along Ned Williams Road on the Songhees reserve in Esquimalt.
A short distance away, another group of four had just got out of a cab, and told the driver to wait ten minutes.
A fight ensued.
And according to Bluebird Cab’s Michael Westeroth, when the driver returned, he had no idea what just happened.
“He said it was a little nervous because it looked like they had been fighting.
“Had he known?”
“Yeah, he didn’t know.”
Investigators know that someone punched Syrenne.
That he fell to the pavement, and struck his head, dying three days later.
They just can’t prove who.
Daniel MacLaughlin is with the Criminal Justice Branch.
“There are a number of doubts with respect, as I say, with what happened, who did what to who.
In what order these events took place.
Ultimately, we were unable to conclude that we would be able to establish our case beyond a reasonable doubt.”
No charges because the crown does not believe they can get a conviction for manslaughter.
“Is someone getting away, literally, with murder?”
“This is a very sad, and tragic event.
Unfortunately the standards that we apply in conducting a charge assessment are consistent and must be applied to all cases regardless of how unfortunate or tragic they might be.”
In his hometown of Martensville, Saskatchewan, Syrenne’s family is currently fundraising to build a skateboarding park in his memory.