The Surrey teacher who died in a crash last week was a New Westminster resident

A Surrey math teacher who lived in New Westminster is dead after a crash last week.

The collision happened on Friday, Oct. 5 at about 3:35 p.m. The man was driving a black SUV northbound on Highway 15, south of 32nd Avenue in Surrey when his vehicle smashed into the back of a semi-trailer, according to Surrey RCMP.

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He died at the scene.

The driver’s identity was not released by police, but friends have identified him as Suminder Singh.

Singh, 55, taught math at Tamanawis Secondary School. Friends of Singh have organized a vigil in his honour on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 4 p.m. outside of Tamanawis Secondary, 12600 66 Ave. in Surrey.

“Please join us in remembering a wonderful person, Mr. Singh (as most of his students called him) who cared so much for his family, students, and the community at large,” reads the event write-up.

A GoFundMe campaign has also begun in an effort to raise $10,000 for a scholarship fund for graduating students. The goal is to gift $1,000 to one student every year for the next 10 years, according to the fundraising page.

Click here donate to the fund, and, for more information on the vigil, go to

Anyone who witnessed the collision, the vehicles has before the crash or have dash camera video are asked to contact the Surrey RCMP at 604-599-0502 or Crime Stoppers. Quote Surrey RCMP file number 2018-149086.

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