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British Columbia man pleads guilty in car accident case

A man who pleaded guilty to a hit-and-run car accident that killed a 25-year-old woman in Vancouver in March has begun his sentencing process. British Columbia residents may remember coverage of the car accident that has since been attributed to reckless driving. The proceedings were adjourned initially because nearly 50 of the woman's friends and family made appearances to view the sentencing. 

The accident report from March 9 states that around 11:30 p.m. the woman's vehicle was T-boned by another car traveling at a high rate of speed. The driver of that vehicle, a 26-year-old man with a long history of criminal activity, fled the scene on foot along with his passenger. He was arrested several days later at a motel in Creston and charged with dangerous driving causing death and leaving the scene of a fatal accident. 

He has since pleaded guilty to all of these charges and was in court to face the family and friends of his victim. The Crown has recommended four to four-and-a-half years in prison as well as 10 years of driving probation. Sentencing is slated to continue on Dec. 21. 

Depending on the court's decision, the man's sentence will likely either reflect the Crown's suggestion, or his own lawyer's suggestion of three years plus probation. Either way, the car accident sadly claimed the life of a British Columbia family's daughter. Should the family so desire, they could pursue a wrongful death lawsuit against him in civil court, using the evidence gathered by police for the criminal trial along with proof of the conviction. 

Source: CBC News, "Sentencing begins for hit-and-run killer of Emily Sheane", Belle Puri, Dec. 1, 2016

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