Car accidents: British Columbia woman dead, man charged

The tragic death of a woman in Burnaby has led to the commencement of a trial for the man believed to be responsible. British Columbia Crown authorities are seeking a 4.5 year sentence for the 25-year-old man accused of the hit-and-run. Car accidents of this type are often handed strong sentencing options, particularly when the driver involved already has an established pattern of criminal convictions. 

According to the accident report, a 23-year-old woman was headed home from her shift at a local restaurant around 11:30 p.m. when her vehicle stopped at a red light. As she attempted to drive through the intersection on a green, the accused man and a passenger sped through the intersection at a high rate of speed before smashing into the driver's side door of the smaller vehicle. The woman was killed instantly. 

The driver and his passenger fled the scene on foot. They were recovered and arrested several days later. The driver was charged with dangerous driving causing death, as well as failure to stop at an accident causing bodily harm. He pleaded guilty to both charges and is now awaiting sentencing. 

Car accidents with a clear driver at fault can be extremely tragic, and they can elicit strong feelings from the family of the victim(s). This is why British Columbia law allows the family to seek further justice in the form of a wrongful death lawsuit. These suits are filed separately from criminal charges and do not require convictions in criminal court to be successful; instead, the plaintiff must provide sufficient evidence of material contribution on the part of the accused driver to implicate him or her. 

Source: burnabynow.com, ""Every parent's nightmare": Sentencing hearing begins for fatal Burnaby hit-and-run case", Jeremy Deutsch, Dec. 2, 2016

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