Gourlay to be sentenced on May 28 for hit-and-run death of Kamloops teenager

Jason Gourlay struck and killed teenager Jennifer Gatey in November 2016. He left her on the street, dead, and then visited a car wash and tried to cover up evidence on his Jeep

The man who pleaded guilty in connection to a hit and run in 2016 that killed a Kamloops teenager will be sentenced in two weeks.

Jason Gourlay, 43, will be sentenced on May 28 after pleading guilty to failing to remain at the scene of an accident and obstructing justice in connection with the Nov. 6, 2016, death of 16-year-old Jennifer Gatey.

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Defence lawyer Jeremy Jensen has argued for a sentence of time served, while Crown prosecutor Neil Flanagan is urging Supreme Court Justice Heather MacNaughton to impose a sentence of 11 to 14 months in jail.

Gourlay spent the equivalent of five months in jail following his arrest last year.

Under the Criminal Code of Canada, the maximum sentence for failing to remain at the scene of an accident in which a death has occurred is life in prison.

Gatey was one day short of her 17th birthday when she was hit by Gourlay’s Jeep while sitting on the curb at a bus stop on Pacific Way south of Aberdeen Drive, less than a block from her family’s home. She died instantly.

A the time of the incident, Gourlay said he was momentarily distracted by his mother’s dog, which he was returning to her house after taking the animal for a walk. After learning Gatey had died, Gourlay took his Jeep to a car wash and swapped signal lights in an attempt to cover up evidence of the incident.

His Jeep was seized within days, but he was not arrested until four months later. He has been free on bail since July 2017.

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