Accused hit and run driver faces two charges

The alley in which Julie Gillespie's, 83, body was found early in the morning on Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014.

KELOWNA – The elderly woman accused of a fatal downtown hit and run over the weekend was stopped by police three times since 2007 for various allegations.

Sharon Marlene Scott, 71, is alleged to have fled the scene of an accident after an 83-year-old woman walking home on Doyle Avenue at around 1 a.m. was hit by a vehicle. Julie Gillespie died in hospital later that day as a result of her injuries.

Police arrested Scott and held her in custody until a bail hearing today. She faces charges of failing to stop at an accident causing bodily harm and failing to stop at an accident involving a person.

In 2008, she was issued a ticket in West Kelowna for failing to keep right of solid line and in 2007 for failing to wear a seatbelt. Also in 2008, she was issued a ticket for driving without reasonable consideration, but that was dismissed by a judge, likely because a prosecutor failed to appear in court.

Scott's next appearance is scheduled for Dec. 4. 

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