Inquest into death of Ebony Aaron Wood started today Nov. 14 in Quesnel

His spouse was first witness and talked about her man and events of the fatal day

B.C. Coroners Service’s public inquest into the death of Quesnel resident Ebony Aaron Wood, 36, got underway today (Nov. 14) in the Quesnel courtroom.

Five female and one male jurors were sworn in and charged with the duty of finding the facts leading to the death of Wood and making recommendations on how to prevent future loss of life by coroner Donita Kuzma.

The first witness was Wood’s spouse and mother of their two children, Kyla Reis, and she sobbed during her time on the stand.

Sobs could also be heard from friends and family who were there to support her.

She read from a prepared statement and called Wood a loving husband and father.

Reis talked lovingly of a special man who was talented, strong, caring and giving.

She said he loved their children dearly and the three of them would live on to honour his memory.

Asked to go back to Nov. 4 and 5, Reis said Wood had an ongoing drug battle.

“We were fighting because he was using again, so I left with the kids and I went to a friend’s place.”

She assumed Wood was using throughout the night (amphetamines, coke or crack) and he came over to the friend’s place and wanted her to take him home.

Reis says she started packing up and Wood had a bag in one hand and his son in his arms.

“He wanted the keys but I said no, and then he said he just wanted to warm up the truck. He was holding our son really hard and he was crying.”

She pulled him out of the vehicle and gave her husband a five count to get out of the truck.

She told the jury her husband was paranoid and having hallucinations of people in white masks trying to kill him.

Reis explained he threw the vehicle in reverse and sped backwards until he crashed the truck in a ditch and rolled it over on the neighbour’s lawn.

Wood got out and walked away into the woods.

She noted the people who lived in the house said he was going to be in trouble for leaving the scene of an accident.

Reis said she chose to stay and talk with the police.

While talking to an RCMP member, she could hear the chatter coming over his radio saying they found Wood and had him in custody.

“I never saw him again,” she said through a veil of tears.

Reis added she had assumed he would be fine, but then an officer told her they had just intubated Wood and he was in a coma and they were going to probably medevac him to Vancouver.

Somehow he got out of the ambulance and hit his head, she said.

“A lady from Victim Services met me and told me I should probably say good-bye.”

Wood had bad swelling around his brain and it was decided the only chance he had was to medevac him to Vancouver so a neurosurgeon could reduce the pressure.

Reis went to Vancouver in a separate plane and was met by someone from Victim Services and offered help.

She added the doctors tried everything to reduce the pressure on Wood’s brain and keep the swelling under control.

“He stabilized that night, so the medical staff said I should try to get some sleep. When I got back to the hospital the next morning, the swelling got to be too much and the doctors said he was probably brain dead.”

Reis said she waited for family to come to Vancouver from Quesnel and Prince George to say good-bye to her husband so they could take him off life support.

She noted everyone through the whole ordeal had been very nice and helpful.

“A doctor even fed my baby a bottle.”

As far as the ambulance issue goes, Reis said nobody talked to her about what happened – neither the RCMP nor the medical personnel.

She added she read the Facebook comments from people who witnessed Wood getting out of the ambulance.

Reis said she also read the Ambulance Report.

The inquest is continuing and is slated to run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the next couple of days.

Just Posted

Cross-country season finishes with some impressive results from Quesnel runners

Ruby Nicholas finished 7th at the provincials in Nanaimo

City, CRD approve potential referendum for rec centre upgrades

A referendum would only go through if the Joint Planning Committee receives a significant grant

Snow, sleet and rain predicted until Friday

Quesnel could see up to 5 cm of snow fall on Thursday

UPDATE: West Fraser to permanently reduce production in Quesnel, Fraser Lake

The move will affect 75 employees in Quesnel, 60 in Fraser Lake

Bus company eyeing passenger and cargo service departing from Williams Lake, stopping in Quesnel

Merritt Bus Shuttle Services Ltd. would have a driver based in Williams Lake for the route to Prince George

People flocking to Vancouver Island city to see hundreds of sea lions

Each year the combination of Steller and California sea lions take over Cowichan Bay

EU divorce deal in peril after two UK Cabinet ministers quit

Negotiators from Britain and the European Union have struck a proposed divorce deal that will be presented to politicians on both sides for approval, officials in London and Brussels said Tuesday.

Feds respond to sexual assault investigation at B.C. naval base

Report of Oct. 5 sexual assault on Vancouver Island base taken over by Canadian Forces National Investigation Service

Northern California fire death toll at 56; 130 missing

Many of the missing are elderly and from Magalia, a forested town of about 11,000 to the north of Paradise.

Canfor to buy 70 per cent stake in Swedish Vida Group for $580 million

The privately held company has nine sawmills in southern Sweden with an annual production capacity of 1.1 billion board feet.

Saudi prosecutor seeks death penalty in Khashoggi’s killing

Saudi Arabia’s top prosecutor is recommending the death penalty for five suspects charged with ordering and carrying out the killing of Saudi writer Jamal Khashoggi.

Mixing business and family: Trudeau turns to Singapore ancestors to widen trade

Trudeau’s ancestor, Esther Bernard, born Farquhar (1796-1838) was the daughter of Major-General William Farquhar (1774-1839), the first British Resident and Commandant of Singapore.

Baloney Meter: Will tougher penalties for gang members make Canada safer?

Since 2013, gang-related homicides in Canada’s largest cities have almost doubled

Early data suggests no spike in pot-impaired driving after legalization: police

Some departments said it’s too early to provide data, others said initial numbers suggest stoned driving isn’t on the rise

Most Read