New trial in fatal Rideau Centre hit-and-run
'Errors' cited in Ottawa man's first trial, court decides, no evidence held over for new trial
The Ontario Court of Appeal has ordered a new trial for an Ottawa man originally convicted in the hit-and-run death of a homeless man.
Vlad Precup, 36, was sentenced to two years less a day in jail in June 2011 for dangerous driving causing death and leaving the scene of a crash.
The conviction stemmed from the July 2008 death of 38-year-old Mitchell Anderson, who was allegedly struck by Precup's vehicle in front of the Rideau Centre mall near the intersection of Rideau Street and Colonel By Drive.
Precup's lawyer, Paolo Giancaterino, told CBC News the court decided the "conviction could not be sustained based on the errors made in the trial."
A new trial has not yet been scheduled but it will start from scratch. None of the evidence presented at the first trial will be held over.