Vehicular homicide plea delayed

A woman accused of killing a motorcyclist on Canada Day will have another month to decide how she will plead.

A woman accused of killing a motorcyclist in Langford on Canada Day will have another month to decide how she will plead.

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

On Thursday, Smith’s lawyer Robert Jones said he has yet to receive full disclosure of evidence from the Crown. Crown prosecutor Christine Lowe said her office also has yet to receive all the evidence documents.

“This is a very serious case. It’s still under investigation,” she told the court. The judge agreed to give both sides another month.

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

Smith, who struggles with drug and alcohol addictions, was arrested the same day after being checked out at Victoria General Hospital. She was also charged with breaching a previous bail condition, linked to an assault, of not possessing or consuming alcohol.

On July 14 she was released to VisionQuest Recovery Society in Surrey, an intensive addictions recovery centre. Her next court date is Sept. 15 at Western Communities Courthouse, when Jones expects to enter a plea for his client.

editor@goldstreamgazette.com

 

 

Just Posted

Langford man sentenced to 15 months for child pornography collection

Andre Mollon sentenced for posession of more than 1,000 child pornography images and 70 videos

400 drivers stopped, screened on West Shore with zero charges

Friday evening stop led to one vehicle taken off the road for being too dangerous to drive

West Shore Parks and Recreation plans new events to make up for concert cancellation

Comic Con, train show and lumber conference key pieces to recover lost revenue of Rock the Shores

Traffic lights coming to busy intersection near Royal Bay Secondary School

Royal Bay has agreed to hasten the traffic light installation in anticipation of school start-up

RCMP the best option for West Shore policing, mayors say

West Shore municipalities funding more officers and civilians at local detachment

Victoria hosts ‘Ultimate Hockey Fan Cave’

The hockey cave was recently featured on a Netflix special

Sentencing begins for indecent caller

Vancouver Island man pleaded guilty to making indecent phone and video calls to women across B.C.

Sources say Trudeau rejected Wilson-Raybould’s conservative pick for high court

Wilson-Raybould said Monday “there was no conflict between the PM and myself”

First Nations public art piece stolen in Nanaimo

Spindle Whorl went missing over the weekend, according to Nanaimo RCMP

Father-son duo at B.C. Children’s Hospital helps new dads fight depression

The pair teamed up to introduce the only known research-based mindfulness workshop for new dads

Mexican restaurant in B.C. told to take down Mexican flag

General manager of Primo’s Mexican Grill in White Rock: ‘I’ve never heard of anything like this’

B.C. NDP moves to provide tax credits, tax cut for LNG Canada

Provincial sales tax break of $596 million repayable after construction

COLUMN: Smart phone too powerful a tool to yank from students’ hands

Rather than ban them from schools, let’s teach kids to harness their phone’s power and use it properly

B.C. river cleanup crew finds bag of discarded sex toys

Chilliwack volunteers stumble on unexpected find while removing 600 lbs of trash from riverway

Most Read