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Accused in fatal Kamloops hit and run back behind bars

Jason Charles Gourlay, 41, is back behind bars after being charged with breaching his bail conditions on Vancouver Island. He's charged in connection to the November 2016 hit and run death of Kamloops teenager Jennifer Gatey.
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April 19, 2017 - 1:18 PM

KAMLOOPS - The man charged in connection to the hit and run death of a Kamloops teenager was arrested in Nanaimo earlier this week.

Jason Gourlay, 41, is expected to appear in Kamloops Provincial Court next week after breaching his bail conditions in Nanaimo on Monday, April 17.

Gourlay is charged with the hit and run death of Jennifer Gatey, 16, who was struck and killed near her Aberdeen home in November 2016.

Gourlay was released on  $20,000 bail last month and put on strict conditions, which included attending a treatment centre on Vancouver Island and residing with his uncle following his release from treatment. He's also not allowed to operate a motor vehicle at any time.

Court documents show Gourlay was arrested and charged with breaching his conditions in Nanaimo and he remains in custody.

Gourlay is facing one charge of failing to remain at the scene of an accident in connection to Gatey's death last year on Pacific Way in Aberdeen, just hours before her 17th birthday.

After a four-month investigation, Kamloops RCMP announced last month they had made an arrest in connection to the case. Kamloops RCMP Supt. Brad Mueller said during a press conference that a search warrant was executed at Gourlay's home, which also led to a charge of possession of a controlled substance.

If convicted, the maximum penalty for leaving the scene of an accident resulting in death is life imprisonment.

Gourlay is also facing an unrelated charge of theft under $5,000.

For more coverage on the court proceedings, go here.

For more details on the hit and run investigation, go here.

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