Driver admitted to hit and run in police interview
Rees ignored warnings not to drive, left parking lot driving erratically, Crown tells court
A young man will return to court March 27 for a bail hearing after a brief court appearance on charges related to the hit-and-run death of a young mother west of Ottawa.
Jeremy Rees, 23, is charged with impaired driving causing death, criminal negligence causing death and failing to remain at the scene of an accident in the death of Erin Vance, 26, early Sunday morning.
Rees was wearing black dress pants, a white shirt and looked slightly disoriented, the CBC's Evan Dyer reports.
Rees turned himself in to police Monday afternoon, according to his lawyer Paolo Giancaterino, and spent the night in jail. The Crown told the court Rees "made a full admission" during a police interview Monday.
Accused told not to drive, court hears
The Crown told the court Rees was warned not to drive and ignored those warnings, leaving the parking lot driving erratically and at a high speed.
None of the Crown's allegations have been proven in court. Rees was remanded in custody until his next court appearance.
Ottawa police say Vance was struck at about 2:30 a.m. while walking along Bayview Drive in Constance Bay, Ont., about 30 km west of Ottawa, with her boyfriend and four other people.
A fire service engineer heard the crash and attempted to revive her, but could not.
Victim, accused knew each other
A friend and uncle of the victim told CBC News both the accused and Vance were sitting at the same table at a nearby bar called The Point, where they were partying for St. Patrick's Day.
The death of Vance, who has five-year-old twin boys, was a shock to the small community of Constance Bay and to the Quarry Park Equestrian Centre where she worked.
Neighbours said Bayview Drive is a dangerous stretch of road. In 2005, a drunk driver killed a man and seriously injured a woman as they walked down the same stretch of road.
On Monday, a small memorial was set up at the spot where Vance was struck.