KAMLOOPS - A Kamloops man charged with leaving the scene of an accident in connection to a hit and run that killed a 16-year-old girl has been granted bail.
Jason Charles Gourlay, 40, has been released from custody but must follow a list of conditions imposed by the Crown.
A bail hearing was scheduled for Gourlay in Kamloops Provincial Court today, March 9, but it wrapped up quickly because Crown prosecutor Neil Flanagan consented to Gourlay's release.
Flanagan and defence lawyer Jeremy Jensen agreed on an extensive list of conditions which included being released on a $20,000 cash bail, attending a treatment centre in Nanaimo and not consuming drugs or alcohol.
Provincial Court Judge Roy Dickey also imposed a house arrest condition which covers Gourlay's time at the treatment centre and after his release from the centre. He's set to live with his uncle in the Lower Mainland after his discharge from the centre.
Kamloops RCMP announced earlier this week that Gourlay had been arrested and taken into custody on Friday, March 3, four months after Jennifer Gatey was struck and killed by a vehicle near her Aberdeen home.
He's been charged with failing to stop at the scene of an accident resulting in death. If convicted, the maximum sentence is life in prison.
The incident occurred Nov. 4, 2016 near a bus stop on Pacific Way and Abbeyglen Way, hours before Gatey's 17th birthday. Gourlay's Jeep was seized by Kamloops RCMP days later after a tip from the public.
Police were tight-lipped about the investigation for months, but Kamloops RCMP Supt. Brad Mueller announced in a news conference March 6 that Gourlay had been arrested and charged.
Mueller said Gourlay's name came up early in the investigation.
Gourlay is also facing a drug charge after RCMP conducted a search of his Dufferin home. According to court documents, the heroin and fentanyl were found.
He is expected to appear in Kamloops Provincial Court later this month on an unrelated theft charge.
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