3/22/2005Canada: Owner Charged for Hit and Run Under Camera Law
Red light camera law used to charge owner of a vehicle with hit and run -- even though she wasn't the driver.
Korylea Lebray, a 25-year-old woman from Edmonton, Canada has been charged with hitting a pedestrian and driving away -- even though witnesses confirm that she was neither behind the wheel nor in the car during the hit and run incident. The city is using the red light camera law to hold the owner of the 1996 Honda Accord responsible for the accident because the driver has not been identified.
On March 7, the Accord struck and seriously injured an 85-year-old man who was crossing the street. The vehicle continued without stopping. A witness followed the fleeing vehicle and saw two men park and run from the vehicle. Police are still searching for these suspects.
A police spokesman explained, "We are trying to put some pressure on the owner herself. We feel she has knowledge of who the driver was -- we are quite confident in that -- and we are hoping that this will cause her to move forward and give us that information."
Police continue to seek assistance from anyone who may have information on the male driver of the Honda Accord or its male passenger. The driver is described as a 24-year-old white man, 6' tall, with a slim build. He was wearing a æ length coat or hoodie. The passenger is described as a white man, 5'8" tall with a stocky build weighing approximately 160-170 lbs.Source: Owner not driver charged in pedestrian hit and run (Edmonton Journal (Canada), 3/22/2005)
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