Hit-and-run suspect Lorna Paige faces trial by judge after not-guilty plea
Duncan hit-and-run suspect Lorna Paige faces trial by provincial-court judge after she recently entered a not-guilty plea.
Her trial will focus on why Paige is alleged to have fled the scene of an April 1 accident on Boys Road, during which 17-year-old Daniel Hopkins was struck.
The Duncan teenager later died in Victoria hospital.
"The matter had a pre-trial conference on Sept. 27," Victoria Crown counsel Samantha Hulme tells the News Leader Pictorial in an email.
"The judge directed it be set for four days of trial. It was in court today (Oct. 9) to fix the date, but was just adjourned to Oct. 16, as I'm advised defense counsel is still trying to arrange the trial dates."
It's alleged Paige, then 24, left the accident scene, but 24 hours later turned herself in at the North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP detachment.
On Sunday, April 1, at around 5:30 a.m., Mounties found Hopkins laying on the road with serious injuries.
He was taken by ambulance to Cowichan District Hospital, then to Victoria General.
He was listed in critical condition and placed on life support, but died at around 8 p.m. on April 1.