Judge considers video statement

A Supreme Court judge will rule this morning on the admissibility of a Crown witness’ video statement he gave to police the morning after his brother-in-law allegedly struck a pedestrian in Coldstream with his car.

Frank Cole will rule on the video statement given by Nick Hlina at 9 a.m.

Hlina is a witness for the Crown in the case against Chase Garett Donaldson, who is charged with one count of criminal negligence causing death and one count of failing to stop at an accident causing bodily harm in connection with the death on April 30, 2010 of Kiera-Leigh Carlson, 22.

Crown lawyer Iain Currie was questioning Hlina about the speed of the vehicles Hlina and Donaldson were driving at around 8:30 p.m. on Aberdeen Road on April 30, 2010.

After noticing discrepancies between testimony Hlina gave in court and on the video statement to police, Currie called for Hlina’s entire video statement to be admitted into the proceedings, drawing an sobjection from defence lawyer Paul Danyliu.

As the trial was slated to have an off-day Thursday, Cole agreed to deliver his ruling today.

Hlina is the final Crown witness in the trial, which is slated to wrap up Tuesday.

Witnesses earlier in the trial reported narrowly escaping contact in their car with a vehicle driving into the wrong lane on Aberdeen Road.


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