FREDERICTON - A Toronto-area woman killed in a hit-and-run accident in Fredericton was remembered Monday as a talented news producer whose cheerful spirit branched out beyond the newsroom.
Dianne Trottier, 33, was travelling in her motorized wheelchair when she was struck at one of the busiest intersections in the city on Saturday night.
Trottier was initially rushed to the Chalmers Hospital in Fredericton and later taken to the Saint John Regional Hospital where she died Sunday evening.
"It's a very difficult day," said Mary Pat Schutta, program manager for CBC Television in New Brunswick.
"She was terrific to have in the building," Schutta added. "She was smiling and always had a fabulous attitude towards work and her colleagues."
Trottier was a line-up producer with CBC Newsworld and had been in Fredericton for less than a week to help with the launch of a new suppertime news program. The show's premiere edition Monday aired a story about her death.
She was supposed to spend three weeks in Fredericton to help establish the new show, and did similar work last summer with Compass, the suppertime CBC news program in Charlottetown.
"Dianne was one of those people who fit in immediately, and even though she'd only been with us for a week, it felt like it had been a lot longer than that," Schutta said.
Trottier, who was in a wheelchair her entire life, was active in sports, particularly wheelchair hockey.
"She had incredible spirit. It extended beyond our newsrooms," said CBC Newsworld anchor Suhana Meharchand.
"Her determination, her composure, her respect for her work and her colleagues and the inspiration and professionalism she brought to our newsroom is something no one here will forget."
Prior to CBC, Trottier had worked at CTV in Toronto.
On the weekend, police said witnesses reported seeing a four-door, dark grey car speeding off. But on Monday, police would not provide a specific description of the vehicle allegedly involved.
Fredericton police Const. Ralph Currie said there were some differing reports and he didn't want to provide incorrect information.
"There should be substantial damage to the front end of the vehicle," he said.
Police have appealed to the public for help, asking anyone with information to call Fredericton police or Crime Stoppers.