• Carmen Marie Fabio

$100,000 reward offered for Hawkesbury area hit-and-run

PHOTO BY CARMEN MARIE FABIO

Nathalie Godin, mother of 18-year-old Jessica Godin who was killed in a September, 2011 hit-and-run in Fournier, Ontario, speaks with media after the announcement that Montreal’s Sun Youth Organization is adding another $50,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible for her daughter’s death. Also pictured, OPP Detective Constable Dan Fedele (right).

An anonymous donor has contacted Montreal’s Sun Youth Organization to offer an additional $50,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person, or persons, responsible for the 2011 hit-and-run death of 18-year-old Fournier, Ontario resident, Jessica Godin, bringing the total reward offered to $100,000.

“It’s from a concerned citizen who obviously was touched by the incident,” said Sun Youth Assistant Executive Vice-President Tommy Kulczyk, “A lot of the donors who are involved in our crime prevention programs are people who are touched when there’s a senior or a young person involved. It’s from somebody who wants to make a difference.”

After last being seen September 22, 2011, Godin’s body was discovered by a passerby two days later in a ditch on Fournier’s Du Parc Street at around 2:20 p.m. Despite extensive investigations by the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) and appeals to the public including two YouTube videos, police are no closer to making an arrest in Godin’s death.

“Those responsible may still reside in the community, may reside in the province of Ontario, in the province of Quebec, they could be in the United States, they could be elsewhere in the world,” said OPP Detective Superintendent Dave Truax. “Our investigation will continue.”

Jessica’s mother, Nathalie Godin, said it’s been difficult for the remaining family members, her husband and two stepsons, to deal with her daughter’s death, and is hopeful the reward increase will bring some closure to the ordeal.

“I was very overwhelmed and grateful,” she told the assembled media at the Hawkesbury Station June 26. “There are a lot of good people out there who care about what happened to Jessica. Hopefully this will lead to something positive.”

Though police have said their investigation revealed Godin was struck by an eastbound vehicle on Du Parc Street, they are revealing few other details. “The investigative team continues to work diligently in determining the circumstances into Jessica Godin’s death,” said Truax, “and depending on those circumstances, potentially bringing the person or persons to justice.”

Th is partnership marks the first time Sun Youth has worked with the OPP in which a protocol agreement was drafted and signed by both Kulczyk and Truax. “The most important thing is reminding people that help is still needed in the investigation,” said Kulczyk.

Sun Youth has a history of over four decades working with police forces and the community and Kulczyk said the benefits of the reward program for family members is therapeutic, ensuring the investigation has not been forgotten and also reminding the public that the case is ongoing. “People might have felt at the time (what they saw) was not important. If it was a member of your family, you certainly would want people to take the time.”

Any information in this case can be given in confidence to the Hawkesbury OPP at (613) 632-2729.

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