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Kamloops hit and run suspect will plead guilty

Jason Charles Gourlay.
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March 16, 2018 - 2:17 PM

KAMLOOPS - A Kamloops man will plead guilty in connection to a hit and run that killed a teenage girl more than one year ago.

Jason Gourlay's lawyer appeared on his behalf in Kamloops Supreme Court today, March 16. Gourlay is charged with failing to stop at the scene of an accident causing bodily harm, possession of a controlled substance and attempting to pervert or defeat justice.

It's not clear at this point which of the charges Gourlay will be pleading guilty to.

"I can advise that my friend and I have concluded our conversations," Crown prosecutor Neil Flanagan told the court. "There is going to be a guilty plea on this matter."

Lawyers will reconvene in front of Supreme Court Justice Dev Dley on March 26, to fix a date for Gourlay to enter a plea.

It was just hours before Jennifer Gatey's 17th birthday when she was struck and killed near a bus stop on Pacific Way on Nov. 4, 2016. Her father, Cameron Gatey, told iNFOnews.ca shortly after her death that she was on her way to the gym that night and planned on taking the bus.

The driver of the vehicle took off, but just a few days later police were at a home in the city's Dufferin neighbourhood, where a black Jeep was taped off and covered by a tarp. The vehicle, which belongs to Gourlay, was eventually seized by police for forensic testing. 

It wasn't until last March that Gourlay was charged in connection to Gatey's death.

A date for sentencing on the matter is expected to be set after Gourlay enters his guilty plea.

Find past stories on this case here.


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