Plea delayed for driving death

The wheels of justice are turning slowly for the Canada Day death of a motorcyclist in Langford.

The wheels of justice are turning slowly for the Canada Day death of a motorcyclist in Langford.

An expected plea last week by Tracy Smith has been delayed for another few weeks, after Crown counsel said it hadsn’t received the complete evidence package from the RCMP, now expected by this week.

The next hearing is Sept. 22, although defence lawyer Robert Jones said he’ll need more time to review the Crown’s evidence before entering a plea.

“By Thursday (Crown) will tell me if they’ll stay with the present charges, whether there will be a variation or if they’ll add charges,” Jones said. “But there won’t be a plea (this) week. I’ll need time to review the material with my client.”

Smith, 35, of Victoria is charged with dangerous driving causing death and impaired driving causing death, in the death of motorcyclist Janarthan Mahenthiran.

Mahenthiran, 47, died when a oncoming Lexus crossed the line and hit his Yamaha FZ-1 head-on on the Trans-Canada Highway near the Spencer interchange. The southbound vehicle plowed into him around 12:20 p.m. on July 1.

Smith is being housed in an addictions recovery centre in Surrey.



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