CBC: Police (RPS) have charged a 37 year old man with “leaving the scene of an accident” [sic].
Leader Post says, “Elijah J. Beros is charged with failure to stop at the scene of an accident involving bodily harm or death.”
The criminal code should be updated to include “leaving the scene of a fatal or injurious collision“, to get rid of the archaic term “accident”.
“Police spokesperson Les Parker said it was late at night when Gallon was hit and he was wearing dark clothing.
He said there is no evidence of dangerous driving at this time.”
That comment leaves me dumbfounded. Did RPS spox Parker not see the evidence of a human corpse lying in the street?
No evidence of dangerous driving? Look at the result! If you fire a gun into a crowd, the law says you’re guilty of murder when someone dies because of it. You intended to aim and shoot, it doesn’t matter you didn’t intend to hit the particular person who died. If you run over a human on a highway, you should be charged with killing them too, it’s straightforward.
A dead body isn’t evidence of safe driving. If a body is an example of normal driving, then driving is too unsafe.
It’s beyond offensive to excuse the accused because it was “late at night” when human decency and competent driving are not expected from people by RPS, apparently. And it’s offensive to blame the victim’s clothing on the collision. Maybe the victim had a flashing light that was knocked so far from his body by the truck, that police never found it? Then would RPS lay an additional appropriate manslaughter or dangerous driving causing death charge on the driver who took a life? How can you have a “leaving the scene” charge, without dangerous driving to have caused the scene that was left?
Looking into the possible sentence for the charge, I’m a bit miffed at the CBC. I’ll be asking they clarify their story’s details.
Offence involving bodily harm or death
(1.3) Every person who commits an offence under subsection (1) is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for life if
Without knowing the charge isn’t simply “leaving the scene of an accident” as CBC stated, left me initially with the impression that someone could one day kill me or someone I love, on a street, and their charge would be akin to that of someone who backs into a car in a parking lot and takes off! If Beros is sentenced to life or serious jail time, an additional conviction would be moot, aside from acknowledging that it takes dangerous driving to kill a person on a street.