Despite not-guilty plea, trial not expected
A trial is not anticipated for Merle Peter Michels, 85, who was charged with a driving offence after a young woman was seriously injured after she was hit by a car in a North Kamloops crosswalk last September.
Rob Bruneau, was represents Michels, was in Kamloops provincial court on Thursday, March 21, where it had been expected Michels would enter a guilty plea.
However, Bruneau said discussions with Crown are ongoing for a joint submission to resolve the matter.
Bruneau entered a not-guilty plea on behalf of Michels to a charge of driving a motor vehicle without due care and attention and the case was put over to April 25.
Michels was not in the courtroom.
On Sept. 7, 2012, Chloe Jasmine Demers — also known as Chloe Ardiles — suffered life-threatening injuries and spent several weeks in a medically induced coma after being hit by a car as she crossed Tranquille Road at Leigh Street while in a crosswalk.
The driver of the vehicle allegedly ran a red light and struck Demers.
Bruneau told the court a trial is not likely going to be required, depending on the discussions with the Crown.