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Sater trial set to begin in 2013

Charlene Reaveley, left, is believed to have stopped to assist another motorist, Lorraine Cruz, right, who had been involved in a minor accident, when they were both struck by a passing vehicle. - TRI-CITY NEWS FILE PHOTO
Charlene Reaveley, left, is believed to have stopped to assist another motorist, Lorraine Cruz, right, who had been involved in a minor accident, when they were both struck by a passing vehicle.
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A man accused of killing two woman and seriously injuring a man in a hit-and-run crash last winter in Coquitlam will have to wait more than a year before having his day in court.

Cory Sater's trial is set to begin on Feb. 7, 2013, close to two years after he was arrested on 10 counts of driving-related charges, including two counts of impaired driving causing death and one count of impaired driving causing bodily harm.

The charges stem from a hit-and-run collision near the intersection of the Lougheed Highway and Pitt River Road in February of this year.

Charlene Reaveley stopped to assist another motorist, Lorraine Cruz, who had been involved in a minor accident, when they were both struck by a passing vehicle. Reaveley and Cruz were killed and Cruz's friend, Paulo Calimahin, was seriously injured.

About two hours after the crash, police confiscated a white 1995 Jeep Cherokee, which was found abandoned in the Cape Horn area of Coquitlam.

After publicly appealing for the driver to come forward and turn himself in, police arrested Sater a day after the crash.

Earlier this month Sater's lawyer, Tony Serka, entered a plea of not guilty on his client's behalf.

A jury will not be involved in the trial after the defence elected to make its presentations before a judge alone.

gmckenna@tricitynews.com

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