Nov 13, 2015 - ANDELINA HECIMOVIC FACING RETRIAL IN DEADLY DANGEROUS DRIVING CASE [Beckie & Johnny]

Acquitted B.C. nurse Andelina Hecimovic has lost a bid to quash her retrial, in a dangerous driving case revolving around a crash that killed a young couple.

Hecimovic was found not guilty in 2013 of two counts of dangerous driving causing death in a crash that killed 21-year-old John De Oliveira and 19-year-old Rebecca Dyer.

De Oliveira had picked up his girlfriend from a Justin Bieber concert and was driving along the Lougheed Highway before midnight on Oct. 19, 2010 in Pitt Meadows, B.C.

As the couple drove through an intersection, Hecimovic ran a red light in her a Toyota Paseo, skidded and rolled over a concrete median, flipping and smashing into the roof of their car.

The nurse testified she was driving to her boyfriend's home after a difficult nursing shift at Eagle Ridge Hospital in Port Moody. Hecimovic said was upset and failed to notice she was entering an intersection on a red light.

The trial judge concluded the Crown had not proven beyond a reasonable doubt that Hecimovic had the intent to drive dangerously, and decided Hecimovic's driving was not a marked departure from the standard of care a reasonable person would have observed.

The Crown prosecutor appealed, alleging the trial judge made a legal error.

The Oct. 2014 appeal led to the B.C. Court of Appeal setting aside Hecimovic's acquittal and ordering a new trial.

Hecimovic appealed to the Supreme Court of Canada, to have that decision overturned. On Thursday, the court dismissed her appeal, meaning her retrial can go ahead.

Source: CBC News


 

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