Man charged in fatal hit and run granted bail
A Calgary man charged in a hit and run that killed one woman and left two people injured was released on bail during a brief court appearance Thursday.
Darren Coupal, 36, will be under 24-hour house arrest. The father of three will only be allowed to leave his home to go to work, shop for groceries and, later this month, attend his daughters' soccer games and his son's graduation ceremony.
He is not allowed to operate a motor vehicle, drink or buy alcohol. His family was expected to post his bail later Thursday.
Coupal faces 12 charges after a crash on Bridleridge Way S.W. on April 30. Witnesses said Coupal's SUV jumped a grass median and plowed into a group of people before zigzagging back across the median, hitting a tree and speeding away.
Linda Davey, 39, died at the scene. Her 15-year-old son and a 30-year-old family friend were taken to hospital with serious injuries.
Coupal is charged with one count each of impaired driving causing death, dangerous driving causing death and failure to remain at the scene of an accident.
He was also charged with two counts each of impaired driving causing bodily harm, dangerous driving causing bodily harm and failure to remain at the scene of an accident causing bodily harm.
The remaining three charges are refusal to provide a breath sample, driving with a suspended licence and driving an uninsured vehicle.
Coupal is to appear in court May 23 to enter a plea.