Vancouver Criminal Lawyer:  Brian Mickelson

The Facts: A doctor visiting from New Zealand was walking across an intersection with his daughter in downtown Vancouver. The accused, who was proceeding through a green light, was unable to avoid a collision with the pedestrians. Instead of stopping his vehicle and offering assistance, the accused panicked and left the scene of the accident at a high rate of speed. A motorist who witnessed the accident called the police who ultimately apprehended the accused.

Result:  The accused was sentenced to 11 months. A psychological report was submitted by the defence which disclosed that the accused was suffering from borderline autism and tended to panic in stressful situations. The court found that in all the circumstances that a sentence of 11 months was appropriate rather than the 21 month sentence which the Crown was seeking.