A Vernon woman is expected to enter a pair of guilty pleas in connection with a 2014 car accident that killed an on-duty nurse and injured another.
Lori Victoria Vance, born in 1977, was facing eight counts in regards to the accident in the early hours of Oct. 23, 2014.
“We anticipate that she will enter guilty pleas to a charge of impaired driving causing death and a charge of impaired driving causing bodily harm on Feb. 27,” said Dan McLaughlin, communications counsel for the Ministry of Justice and Attorney General’s Criminal Justice Branch, who said earlier he had been misinformed about the status of Vance’s pleas.
Erin Smith and her co-worker, Lindsay Hauck, had been working at Vernon Jubilee Hospital when they headed downtown on a coffee break. Their vehicle was struck in the intersection of 32nd Street and 30th Avenue.
Smith was killed and Hauck suffered serious injuries.
Vance was to go to trial on the matters this month.
McLaughlin said a sentencing hearing is expected to follow immediately after Vance enters her pleas. He anticipates the other six charges against her will be stayed at the end of the sentencing hearing.