Peter Wasney, 40, of Blackfalds, with his sister Diana Dickieson, of Nelson, B.C. (Photo contributed)

Red Deer youth recognized for his compassion

Blackfalds man dies after vehicle collision

A British Columbia woman mourning the loss of her brother is thankful someone rushed to his side after a vehicle collision one week ago in Red Deer.

Peter Wasney, 40, of Blackfalds, died after the vehicle he was driving rolled on C & E Trail near the intersection of Highway 11A on April 16.

Diana Dickieson, of Nelson, B.C., said when she heard a 17-year-old boy showed up to comfort her brother, she had to find him.

“He heard my brother’s car crash. He got in his car and went to my brother and sat with him until the ambulance came,” Dickieson said.

She said her brother was ejected from his vehicle and the youth comforted her brother by telling him everything was going to be OK.

“It filled my heart to know there was someone right beside him. I just feel he’s a bit of a hero.”

Within hours of finding out about the stranger’s kindness, and knocking on doors near the scene, Dickieson learned Hendrik Rautenbach, of Poplar Ridge, was the youth she was searching for.

The night of the collision, Rautenbach had just driven to a friend’s house in the area at about 9:20 p.m. when he saw Wasney drive by and heard the crash.

Dickieson and her family met Rautenbach last Friday at that same house near the crash site.

“About 10 of us went. He told us the story and we all hugged him. I think it gave him some closure and peace too to know that our brother was loved,” Dickieson said.

Wasney had three children and was a manager at Brahma Frac Services. He also left behind his brother David Wasney and mother Maureen Gingras, both of Red Deer.

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Peter Wasney, 40, of Blackfalds, died following a single-vehicle collision on C & E Trail near the intersection of Highway 11A on April 16. (Photo contributed)

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