Lorna Paige pleads guilty in fatal hit-and-run

A Duncan woman has pleaded guilty in the April 1, 2012 hit-and-run traffic death of local teenager Daniel Hopkins.

Lorna Paige, a Cowichan Tribes member, appeared Monday before Victoria's B.C. Supreme Court Justice Douglas Halfyard to plead guilty to a charge of failing to stop at an accident scene involving death.

Paige is also charged with impaired driving causing death and dangerous driving causing death.

"Subject to sentencing being completed on the charge she pleaded guilty on, Crown will not be proceeding on the other two charges," Crown counsel Neil MacKenzie said.

Paige's case has been adjourned until April 28 to fix a date for her sentencing. Sentencing proceedings will see Crown suggest a sentence, MacKenzie explained.

"Court will determine what's an appropriate sentence," he said, noting factors such as precedence, the case's exact circumstances, and more.

Court action focused on whether the accused fled the scene of the accident on Boys Road when Hopkins was hit. Paige, then 24, surrendered herself 24 hours later to officers at North Cowichan/Duncan's RCMP detachment.

At around 5:30 a.m., that tragic day 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. the same day.

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