Daniel Carter, shown here at a family reunion in 2009, would have turned 24 years old on Wednesday. Nearly three years ago, the young man was struck by a vehicle outside Stavros Lounge and succumbed to his injuries days later. The trial of the female motorist accused of hitting him and driving away took place this week

His absence is most notable at Christmas and Thanksgiving -- but not a day goes by without the family of Daniel Carter thinking of him at least once.

“Every day there’s a thought there -- at least one or many during the course of a day,” stepfather Robert Burns said. “That’s when we think about Daniel.”

“We’ll see someone who looks about his size that walks like him,” mother Karen Anthony-Burns said. “Or then we go into Rona -- he used to work there. We’re getting better, but we couldn’t even go in Rona without tearing up.”

It was nearly three years ago that Daniel succumbed to his injuries after being hit by a vehicle outside of Stavros Lounge on Sept. 19, 2010. At the time of his death, he was only 21 years old.

This week, the trial of the female motorist accused of hitting and killing Daniel before driving away took place. Only the judge’s verdict now remains.

Whatever his decision, the loss of a beloved son and brother will always remain with Daniel’s family.

“The outcome’s not going to change our lives,” Karen said.

“It isn’t. We are still going to be living with our loss. We are going to live with this forever.”

Recalling the chaotic situation after police first told them their son had been seriously injured and was in the hospital, the couple remembered the difficulties of getting family members to Saskatoon and making sure Daniel’s dog Buddy was taken care of.

Family members stayed with Daniel for two days before doctors told them he was living strictly on life support.

For roughly a week after the initial incident, his family had little knowledge of the circumstances surrounding Daniel’s death.

“The day of the funeral is when the police officer came -- because at that point, we didn’t know,” Karen said. “It was just that somebody had hit Daniel and left.

“It was just so sad to think that, and then they came the day of his funeral to say that they were charging someone.”

The case worked its way through the legal system slowly. A preliminary inquiry took place in late January and early February 2012. The trial itself was originally set to begin in March 2013 before being postponed to September due to health reasons.

In the meantime, the family worked its way through what Karen described as “unbearable grief.”

“You just make yourself get up every day and you do things,” she said. “You do things for your other children. You have to maintain your family unit. And for them, they’re going through their grief as well.”

Described as “the baby of the family,” Daniel -- who would have turned 24 on Wednesday -- had two older brothers, Derin and Devin, and a sister, Laura.

He also had a large circle of friends, who expressed their affection through an outpouring of Facebook messages that re-appear every year on his birthday.

“He was a good friend to people,” Robert said. “He accepted people.”

“He had a great personality. There’s just no way of getting around it,” Karen added. “He was just great with people and he could make you smile easily.”

At the time of his passing, Daniel was working for a paving company south of Prince Albert, but had ambitions of learning a skilled trade.

An avid golfer and video game aficionado, Daniel was known for his natural athletic ability. Robert noted how the young man would always jump the fence outside their home rather than opening the gate.

Karen remembered one day walking Buddy along the river near Eighth Avenue when she saw Daniel and his friends.

“He had just gotten off work and he was wearing work boots, and they were running,” she recalled.

Source: Prince Albert Daily Herald


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