Hit and run trial back on

Kiera-Leigh Carlson
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The Crown and Defense of a fatal hit and run trial will give their closing arguments today at 3 p.m. after having a week off to condense two weeks worth of evidence.  

The accused, 29-year-old Chase Donaldson of Coldstream, faces charges of dangerous driving causing death and failing to remain at the scene. 
 
The victim of the incident was 22 year old Kiera-Leigh Carlson, who died on Aberdeen Road after being struck by Donaldson's Subaru Impreza the night of April 30, 2010. 
 
Her body was discovered the following morning near the Regional District of the North Okanagan center, on the opposite side of the road from where Donaldson should have been driving. 
 
Donaldson says he swerved left across the road as he approached the intersection of Highway 6 and Aberdeen Road because he thought another vehicle was going to hit him. He says he "heard a bump and saw a flash" as he collided with Carlson who was walking to work along the side of Aberdeen Road. But he says he didn't know at the time it was a person he'd hit. He says he didn't see Carlson's body, despite searching repeatedly. 
 
The Crown says Donaldson was speeding as he rounded the curve before the intersection and that is why he ended up on the wrong side of the road. He also suggests Donaldson would have found the body if he had looked, because she was located near the road and dressed in light coloured clothing. 
 
Collision analysts noted tire marks found at the scene suggest Donaldson's speed was well above the posted limit of 50km/hr. 
 
Supreme Court Justice Frank Cole said he will need a week to make his decision after receiving the final submissions. 
 
Stay with us for more. 
 
—Charlotte Helston
chelston@infotelnews.ca
(250)-309-5230

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