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Man pleads guilty in hit-and-run crash in British Columbia

A man accused of killing a 25-year-old woman back in March has pleaded guilty, according to court sources. British Columbia authorities charged the man with dangerous driving causing death as well as failure to stop at an accident following the hit\-and\-run crash. He is scheduled to be sentenced at the end of November. 

The accident report from the March 9 crash notes that the 25-year-old woman was heading home from her job at a local restaurant in Burnaby when the man's SUV ran a red light and struck her car. The force of the impact killed the woman on impact. Reportedly, the man and a passenger in his SUV then fled the scene. It is unclear if they fled on foot or in their vehicle. 

They were arrested several days later some 700 kilometres from the site of the accident. It is not known if the passenger is facing any charges, but the driver has been charged with both failure to stop at an accident causing death and dangerous driving causing death. His sentencing hearing will take place on Nov. 24. 

Apart from the man's guilty plea, the family of the deceased woman still has legal recourse available to them. British Columbia law allows them to file a wrongful death lawsuit against the man in connection with the hit-and-run accident. Any evidence police collected pertaining to his material contribution to the accident can be used in civil court to bolster such a lawsuit. Moreover, proof of the criminal conviction may be offered to establish financial liability in civil court.

Source: thelinkpaper.ca, "South Asian Man Pleads Guilty In Hit-And-Run Crash That Killed Young Woman", Oct. 22, 2016

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