The 43-year-old Beaumont man killed on Sunday in a two-vehicle collision has been identified as Cyprien Nsengiyumva, a local pastor and father of four.
Beaumont resident killed in Airport Road collision a man of strong faith
May 15, 2014 by Leave a Comment
Leduc RCMP responded to a 911 call of a collision between a small car and a tandem axle utility trailer on Sunday, May 11 at approximately 6 p.m.
The collision occurred on Airport Road, west of the bridge near Range Road 244A.
Witnesses said a small grey 2009 Toyota Corolla was westbound on Airport Road when a large flat-deck utility trailer pulled by an eastbound green 1993 Ford Ranger pick-up truck detached itself from the truck, veered out into the path of oncoming traffic and hit the Toyota Corolla.
Nsengiyumva was declared dead at the scene. The 60-year-old male driver of the Ford Ranger from Leduc and his passenger were uninjured in the collision.
Leduc RCMP are still investigating the exact cause of the collision. They said charges may be pending.
Nsengiyumva worked as a pastor with Beaumont Community Church on a volunteer basis. His family moved to Beaumont about six years ago, said his widow, Marie Niyakire.
“He was a very good man, a father, a friend,” she said. “A person who was there to help always.”
While he volunteered at Beaumont Community Church, the family attended services at Millwoods Evangelical Free Church.
Nsengiyumva was an employee of the Good Samaritan Society, a Lutheran social service organization dedicated to providing care to those in need or at risk.
“He was a man for his community,” Niyakire said. “He believed in his community and impacting it positively.”
Niyakire was at a loss of words to describe how the family is coping with the loss.
“This is not a normal loss, it’s a tragedy,” she said. “I have no words to describe it.”
She did however, want to extend her appreciation to the Beaumont community for the support they have provided her family.
“We appreciate the support we got from the Beaumont community, from Beaumont Church, from pastors, from our neighbours, from everyone,” she said. “There are people in Beaumont who have shown us love and support. People have sent condolences and visited. And we appreciate that.”