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    I read this yesterday, but upon reflection, it still makes NO SENSE to me on the "findings".

    Fatal crash nets driver $1,500 fine

    Woman who killed motorcyclist had racked up 18 driving violations

    By Louise Dickson, Times ColonistFebruary 28, 2009

    A North Saanich woman has been found not guilty of dangerous driving causing the death of a motorcyclist on West Saanich Road two years ago.

    Jodee Hansen, 42, was also found not guilty of dangerous driving causing bodily harm to the motorcyclist's passenger. Conrad Critten, 52, was killed in the June 3, 2007, accident, while passenger Lianne Noiseux was injured.

    Hansen, community relations representative for McDonald's restaurants for the Victoria area, pleaded guilty yesterday in Victoria provincial court to the lesser offence of driving without due care and attention. Judge Josiah Wood fined Hansen $1,500 and suspended her licence for four months.

    "This accident has had a major effect on my life," the tearful woman told the court. "I'm so sorry to the family. Only my job has kept me together. My whole world is falling apart. I'm sorry."

    Crown counsel Colleen Smith told the court Hansen was heading north on busy West Saanich Road, near the intersection with Birch Road, on June 3, a sunny day.

    Hansen was closely following a minivan, which was being driven about 10 kilometres below the 50 km/h speed limit. Without having a clear view, Hansen pulled out into the southbound lane, crossed a double line and cut the corner to make a left turn onto Birch Road. She collided with Critten, who was driving slowly through the intersection.

    Critten flew into Hansen's Volkswagen Cabriolet. He was taken to hospital but died of his injuries. Noiseux was injured, required surgery and missed several weeks of work. "She also misses her close friend," said Smith.

    Hansen's driving record lists 18 convictions, including 10 moving violations and seven speeding tickets. One of the violations happened in 2008 after the fatal accident, said Smith.

    Four days before Critten's death, Hansen was given a warning by a Sidney RCMP officer who pulled her over for speeding in a school zone. Hansen has also been in nine accidents, said Smith.

    Defence lawyer Robert Mulligan said his client has spent most of her working life helping charities.

    "She has felt the impact of the accident since it happened," said Mulligan. "It's the sort of shocking event that leaves an indelible impression. She fully understands the pain that has resulted from this accident."

    ldickson@tc.canwest.com

    Copyright (c) The Victoria Times Colonist

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    In all fairness, it is her nineteenth time around the block... if ever you'd hope she'd get the clue this time. I'd rather bet on the Padres though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MalahatTwo7 View Post

    "She has felt the impact of the accident since it happened," said Mulligan. "It's the sort of shocking event that leaves an indelible impression. She fully understands the pain that has resulted from this accident."
    Really, she understands that accidents are bad? are we sure. i guess after 9 of them you would get the picture but with this woman im not so sure. I for one believe that habitual bad drivers need to have their licenses suspended permanently. I have a friend like this who believes himself to be a perfect driver, he has also totally destroyed 3 cars and almost killed 5 people. some people have no respect for life.

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    The judicial system makes me sick.

    If the guy on the bike were a mayor's kid or something, that woman would be demonized in the papers and thrown in jail.

    For some reason this country feels like its ok to kill motorcyclists. This happens all the time. Just run a search and you'll see countless stories end the exact same way, tearful woman in court "I didnt see him" and she gets off with a fine of maybe 1500, maybe 700. These people should not be allowed to drive in the first place. Our licensing system SUCKS. Look at other country's licensure system (especially Finland's) and you'll see what I mean.

    Now if the rider didn't have a helmet on, which may be possible since his passenger survived, then he was kinda askin for it. No helmet = deathwish. But man, wheres personal accountability anymore?

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    To be entire fair mate, she took that guy out in Oz... not exactly this country.

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