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Kamloops RCMP recommending charges in assault against hit and run suspect

Jason Charles Gourlay, 40, was allegedly assaulted in prison last week. He is charged with failing to stop at the scene of an accident in connection to the hit and run death of Jennifer Gatey on Nov. 4, 2016.
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March 13, 2017 - 4:12 PM

KAMLOOPS - Kamloops RCMP is recommending charges in connection to an alleged assault at Kamloops Regional Correctional Centre last week.

Jason Gourlay, 40, was recently charged in connection to a fatal hit and run last year which killed 16-year-old Jennifer Gatey and on Friday, March 10, iNFOnews.ca confirmed Gourlay had been involved in an alleged assault at the correctional centre, the day he was expected to be released on bail.

Kamloops RCMP spokesperson Cpl. Jodi Shelkie says Gourlay was taken to hospital with head injuries, but it's unknown if the suspect in the assault suffered any injuries.

Shelkie says police are not releasing the identity of the 31-year-old suspect because the charges against him have not been approved by Crown.

On March 9, Gourlay learned he would be released on a $20,000 cash bail with conditions that he reside at a treatment centre in Nanaimo for a period of time before living with his uncle in the Lower Mainland. There's a house arrest condition on his release and he's not allowed to operate any kind of motor vehicle. Crown prosecutor Neil Flanagan consented to Gourlay's release.

Gourlay is facing one charge of failing to stop at the scene of an accident in relation to the Nov. 4, 2016 death of Gatey. She was struck by a vehicle near the bus stop at Pacific Way near Abbeyglen Way in Aberdeen, just across the street from her family's home and died at the scene.

After a four-month investigation, Kamloops RCMP Supt. Brad Mueller announced on March 6 that Gourlay had been arrested and charged in connection to the incident. Mueller said that during the investigation, a search warrant was executed at Gourlay's Dufferin home which 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's next court date is expected to be April 13.

Find past stories on this hit and run case here.

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