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UPDATED: Duncan man and daughter killed in Island Highway collision

A Duncan man and his 12-year-old daughter are

dead following a collision yesterday on Highway 19 near the Alberni cutoff that also killed a Nanaimo man.

Michael David Anderson, 39, and Marissa Jade Bridge, 12, of Comox, were pronounced dead at the scene.

According to a release from the Oceanside RCMP, they were the occupants of a Green Nissan Pathfinder that was northbound on Highway 19 near Exit 51 Oct. 16, shortly before 4:30 p.m.

Police say the Pathfinder left the highway, travelled across the grass median and into the southbound lanes where it struck a southbound blue Ford pick-up truck head-on.

The driver of the Ford pick-up was taken to Nanaimo Regional Hospital by the Provincial Ambulance Service and pronounced dead at the hospital.

Police say his identity has not been released at the request of the family.

Anderson, who managed the bakery at the Duncan Superstore, is remembered as a kind and helpful man.

“He was one of the guys who was always first to help out,” said store manager Steve Metcalfe. “He was a well-rounded, well-liked guy who was casual and low-key. He was really well liked — he was part of the family here.”

Mourning co-workers have lowered the store’s flag to half-mast in memory of Anderson, and sent baskets of flowers to Anderson’s family.

Two Facebook pages have also been created in memory of Anderson’s 12-year-old daughter.

Lots of Love for Marissa Jade Bridge, and R.I.P. Marissa Jade Bridge, offer condolences and warm wishes in memory of the young girl.

The News Leader Pictorial did not have word about a memorial service at press time Tuesday.

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