British Columbia

Guilty plea in hit and run that killed Vancouver skateboarder

A Vancouver man has pleaded guilty in connection with the fatal 2016 hit and run of skateboarder Ryan Barron on Vancouver's West Side.

B.C. Prosecution Service says Amanpreet Sohal entered plea Wednesday in 2016 death of Ryan Barron

Skateboarder Ryan Barron was killed in a hit and run accident in Vancouver on Sunday, April 17, 2016. (Ryan Barron/Facebook)

A Vancouver man has pleaded guilty in connection with the fatal 2016 hit and run of skateboarder Ryan Barron on Vancouver's West Side.

The B.C. Prosecution Service (BCPS) confirmed Amandeep Sohal entered a guilty plea in B.C. Supreme Court on Wednesday to one charge of failure to stop at an accident causing bodily harm. 

BCPS spokesperson Dan McLaughlin said a second charge of dangerous driving causing death, which was laid at the time of Sohal's arrest in 2018, has been stayed.

In the early hours of April 17, 2016, Barron, 30 at the time, was skateboarding with a friend on Heather Street near West 54th Avenue when he was hit. He died later in hospital.

The victim was skateboarding with his friend on Heather Street, when he was struck by a car that fled the scene. (Gian-Paolo Mendoza/CBC)

Two days after the deadly incident, police said they had located a vehicle believed to have been involved in the hit and run at a home in East Vancouver. But it wasn't until two years later that charges were made public.

Barron, who was originally from Windsor, Ont., had moved to the West Coast to find work and was celebrating a promotion when he was killed.

A sentencing hearing is scheduled for Sept. 16. 


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