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Coquitlam hit-and-run trial begins
The trial of a man accused of killing two women in a hit-and-run crash in February, 2011 opened Monday with a recording of a frantic 911 call made by a friend of one of the victims.
Kimberly Moore was driving with Charlene Reaveley and two others when the group witnessed an SUV crash into a median near Lougheed Highway and Pitt River Road.
While Moore was reporting the minor accident to police, a loud bang can be heard in the background of the recording and she begins to scream.
"Oh no, oh no," she said. "My girlfriend just got run over."
The girlfriend Moore mentions is Reaveley, who along with Lorraine Cruz, the driver of the SUV, was killed instantly when they were allegedly struck by a white Jeep Cherokee, which fled the scene immediately after the crash.
Paulo Calimahin, Cruz's boyfriend, also suffered serious injuries in the collision and his leg was later amputated as a result of the crash.
Crown counsel Chris McPherson laid out the case against Cory Sater, who the prosecution contends was behind the wheel of the Jeep.
McPherson told media outside court that the Crown will outline how much Sater allegedly had to drink the night of the crash.
"Crown will be presenting evidence from the pub about the number of drinks on the tab, which was six... double rye and cokes... and two Jagerbombs," he said.
In the days after the collision, police said that Reaveley had been assisting Cruz when the pair were struck and killed.
Two hours after the incident, 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.
Sater entered a plea of not guilty to the 10 charges he is facing.
More to come...