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Guilty plea anticipated in White Rock hit-and-run

Police investigate a vehicle found abandoned near 160 Street and King George Boulevard last May. - File photo
Police investigate a vehicle found abandoned near 160 Street and King George Boulevard last May.
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The Surrey man charged in connection with the hit-and-run death of White Rock resident Marilyn Laursen is expected to plead guilty next month to a number of charges in the case.

According to Surrey Provincial Court records, Kyle Brandon Danyliuk is scheduled to plead guilty to charges including dangerous driving causing death and dangerous driving causing bodily harm in connection with the May 18, 2011 incident.

Prosecutor Brad Kielmann said Thursday the plea decision was made "fairly recently." It is not official until it is heard in court.

Danyliuk's next court appearance is scheduled for Feb. 15.

Marilyn Laursen-Facebook Memorial PageDanyliuk was arrested last July 18, two months to the day after Laursen, 56, was struck and killed by a northbound vehicle as she crossed Johnston Road at Thrift Avenue.

Police said at the time that the car that hit Laursen had avoided a police stop and sideswiped another northbound vehicle just prior to the incident, which occurred around 9:40 p.m. The suspect vehicle was found abandoned a short time later in the area of 160 Street and King George Boulevard.

At its peak, the police investigation into the hit-and-run involved about 40 officers. It was led by Surrey RCMP's Serious Crime Unit, and supported by White Rock RCMP, the Integrated Collision Analysis and Reconstruction Service, Integrated Forensic Identification Services and other Lower Mainland police units.

Kielmann said if a guilty plea is entered Feb. 15, the next step will be to set a date for sentencing. While he could not speculate on what sentence may result, Kielmann said a jail term is "definitely on the table."

 

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