Paige gets five months for leaving the scene of 2012 traffic fatality

Police examine the April 1, 2012 scene of the collision that claimed the life of Daniel Hopkins. - Andrew Leong/file
Police examine the April 1, 2012 scene of the collision that claimed the life of Daniel Hopkins.
— image credit: Andrew Leong/file

Lorna Paige has been sentenced to five months in jail and given a one-year driving ban for leaving the scene of the April 1, 2012 hit-and-run that killed Daniel Hopkins

Paige told police the day after the incident that she was the one who ran Hopkins over and expressed shock upon being told he had died.

The facts of the case demanded a six- to nine-month jail sentence according to Crown lawyer Scott Van Alstine.

But the lawyer for Paige, the  Duncan woman who pleaded guilty to a charge of failing to stop at an accident scene involving death in this case, argued a conditional sentence would be more appropriate.

Scott Sheets cited Paige’s lack of any criminal record, her community standing as a longhouse dancer and VIU student, and her remorse for her crime upon reporting to the police station the morning of April 2. He noted the accident scene was dark and Hopkins was wearing dark clothing on the night he was struck.

Autopsy reports also indicate Hopkins was intoxicated by about three times the legal limit, and may have been staggering on Boys Road when he was hit.

Van Alstine, meanwhile, cited case law supporting his position, and also requested  a period of probation, and the one-year driving suspension for Paige, who is ending an earlier two-year road ban.

“This is a very serious offence involving the loss of life of a young man,” he said. “Mr. Hopkins was left alone in the dark of night. He could have been hit by another vehicle.”

Mounties found Hopkins, 17, at about 5:30 a.m., seriously injured on Boys, just past the old Silver Park Chinese restaurant and trailer park — about 150 yards from where Boys intersects with the Island Highway. He was taken to Victoria General Hospital and placed on life support, but died at about 8 p.m. from head trauma.

The court heard Paige, then 24, had been drinking at a house party, then travelled west in her Chevy Blazer on Boys Road. She presented at the police station the next morning.

Sheets stressed no measurable impairment was available and Paige made no admission of alcohol having any effect on her ability to operate her SUV.

“Her crime is leaving the scene. We’re not sentencing her for causing this young man’s death,” Sheets said.

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