Sentencing hearing delayed in White Rock hit-and-run case

RCMP Sgt. Peter Thiessen speaks with the media after Marilyn Laursen was killed in May of 2011. - File photo
RCMP Sgt. Peter Thiessen speaks with the media after Marilyn Laursen was killed in May of 2011.
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The sentencing hearing of the driver who has taken responsibility for the hit-and-run death of White Rock resident Marilyn Laursen has been adjourned until Sept. 27.

Kyle Brandon Danyliuk, 20, was to have appeared in Surrey Provincial Court for the hearing on Wednesday (July 25), but his lawyer, Isaac Ferbey, has been granted an adjournment to give him more time to marshall evidence to argue there were extenuating circumstances in the May 18, 2011 incident.

Crown prosecutor Brad Kielmann said Wednesday that, due to the “expeditious nature” of proceedings so far, he had no objection to the adjournment.

In a Feb. 15 court appearance, Danyliuk admitted he was behind the wheel of the car that struck and killed the 56-year-old victim as she crossed Johnston Road at Thrift Avenue at around 9:40 p.m.

But while Danyliuk pleaded guilty to multiple dangerous driving and failure to stop charges, his lawyer has predicted the sentencing hearing will shed more light on what actually occurred.

“There will be a lot said about all of the circumstances,” Ferbey told Peace Arch News in February.

Police have said the car that hit Laursen avoided a police stop and sideswiped another northbound vehicle just prior to the incident. The car was found abandoned in South Surrey shortly afterwards, and Danyliuk was arrested two months later.

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