Man killed by alleged drunk driver was 'in prime of his life'

Brennan Bagdan, who was killed in a crash with an alleged impaired driver, is being remembered as a highly creative person who recently found the love of his life.
The family of a man killed by an alleged impaired driver say he died two years to the day after meeting the love of his life. 1:54

The man killed in a crash with an alleged impaired driver is being remembered as a highly creative person who recently found the love of his life.

Brennan Bagdan, 40, was driving with his wife near Whyte Avenue early Friday morning when their car was hit from the side by a speeding SUV.

Police say the SUV was heading the wrong way down 83rd Avenue when it shot out across four lanes of traffic on 109th Street, hitting Bagdan’s Volkswagen.

Tracy Bagdan, who had been married to Brennan for eighteen months, was also injured in the crash. She is now recovering at home.

Bagdan's mother, Donna Bagdan, described her son as deeply creative and in the prime of his life at the time of his death. (Gary Moore/CBC)

The couple met two years ago at a Halloween party and were engaged six months later.

They had the same birthday Sept. 29 and also shared a deep love of art.

Family members said Brennan Bagdan loved cooking for his friends and family, and was also interested in industrial design building much of the furniture in his home.

Bagdan’s mother Donna Bagdan said she got a call early Friday that her daughter-in-law had been in an accident.

It wasn’t until the family arrived at the hospital that police told them Bagdan had died.

Calling her son’s death “senseless,” Bagdan said her focus now is to help her daughter-in-law recover.

“The crushing blow when someone dies so quickly ... it just seems so incredible that in an instant it can change our lives like this. And all the people it hurts. All those people who loved him.”

A 21-year-old is now facing numerous impaired-driving related charges to the crash.


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