Kelowna man guilty of dangerous driving causing death
Joselyn (JoJo) Casavant was killed last spring after a Kelowna man lost control of his speeding vehicle and crashed into her.
Image Credit: Facebook
January 24, 2017 - 11:40 AM
KELOWNA – A judge has found a man guilty of dangerous driving causing death in connection to a head-on crash in the spring of 2015 which claimed the life of a young Kelowna woman.
It won’t bring Joselyn Casavant back, but her family says the finding of guilt in Kelowna court today, Jan. 24, will help bring some measure of closure.
Casavant was 21 on May 21, 2015 when Trevor Richard Stocks of Kelowna lost control of his Honda coupe, crossed the centre line and smashed into her Toyota sedan on the side of McCurdy Road in Kelowna.
Bystanders tried to save her, but she died on the scene.
Judge Ellen Burdett said it was clear Stocks was speeding far beyond what a reasonable driver would consider safe and found him guilty of dangerous driving causing her death.
Police estimate Stocks was traveling between 65 kilometres per hour and 74 km/h when the two vehicles collided and that Casavant — who had pulled off to the side of the road — was either stationary or moving very slowly.
“It is clear Mr. Stocks thought he was driving too fast,” Burdett said after hearing testimony from a constable who rode with Stocks to the hospital.
“This was not a momentary lapse in judgement. A reasonable person would have foreseen the risks and taken steps to slow down to either 50km/h or even a speed above that so long as control could be maintained.”
Stocks, who has no criminal record, will be back in court next month to fix a date for sentencing.
Joselyn’s father Brian Casavant says her family will be there.
- This story was changed at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017 to remove a disputed quote.
To contact a reporter for this story, email Adam Proskiw or call 250-718-0428 or email the editor. You can also submit photos, videos or news tips to the newsroom and be entered to win a monthly prize draw.
We welcome your comments and opinions on our stories but play nice. We won't censor or delete comments unless they contain off-topic statements or links, unnecessary vulgarity, false facts, spam or obviously fake profiles. If you have any concerns about what you see in comments, email the editor in the link above.
News from © InfoTel News Ltd, 2017