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Barbara Kentner’s cousin, Debbie Kakagamic, spent the last weeks and months at Kentner’s bedside. Kentner died on Tuesday after being struck by a trailer hitch thrown from a passing car. (Facebook/ Debbie Kakagamic ) A post-mortem is scheduled Thursday in the case of the First Nations mother who died this week in Thunder Bay, Ont. after being hit by a trailer hitch thrown from a passing car.

Barbara Kentner, 34, was struck in the abdomen by the metal hitch as she was walking home at night in a residential neighbourhood in January. She never recovered from her injuries, according to her family. Kentner died on Tuesday, leaving behind a 16-year-old daughter.

Brayden Bushby, 18, was charged with aggravated assault, shortly after the attack. The Nishnawbe Aski Nation and Kentner’s cousin, Debbie Kakegamic, are calling for the charges to be upgraded in light of Kentner’s death.

"After that post-mortem, those results by the coroner will be reviewed by the [police] investigators with the Crown, and at that point a determination then will be made in terms of upgrading or not upgrading the charges," said Chris Adams, the communications director with the Thunder Bay police.

Kakegamic said she’d also like to see charges against the two other people who were in the car from which the trailer hitch was thrown. Barbara Kentner’s sister, Melissa Kentner, says this trailer hitch was thrown at Barbara from the window of a passing car as the two of them walked down a Thunder Bay street last January. (Melissa Kentner/Facebook) "The other people involved that were in the vehicle, they should all have some type of charge as well," she told As It Happens on Wednesday.

But police say that is not the direction the investigation is going.

"I would say at this time, the accused in this case is the focus, […]

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