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Calgary cab driver Stanislaw Maguder's hit-and-run trial begins in death of teen

A Calgary cab driver broke 25 traffic laws in the minutes after he ran over and killed a 16-year-old girl who was lying in the middle of 16th Avenue N.E. last year, a Calgary court has heard.

Issue at trial will be intent, says Maguder's lawyer

Tyla Chipaway died in March 2015 after she was run over while lying in the middle of 16th Avenue N.E. (Facebook)

A Calgary cab driver broke 25 traffic laws in the minutes after he ran over and killed a 16-year-old girl who was lying in the middle of the road last year, a Calgary court has heard.

Stanislaw Maguder admitted to killing Tyla Chipaway when he drove over her on 16th Avenue N.E., but the issue at his trial will be intent, according to his lawyer, Balfour Der.

Cst. Mark Enright from the Calgary police traffic unit testified on Monday that the 70-year-old sped in 11 different zones, ran nine stop signs, four red lights and made one unsafe lane change between the location where he killed Chipaway and a Bowness car wash.

Court also saw video of Maguder washing his Toyota Prius after the incident. 

Maguder is charged with hit-and-run knowing a death occurred. His trial began Monday in connection with the 2015 death of Chipaway.

The Associated Cab driver ran over Chipaway around 3:30 a.m. when she was lying down in the westbound centre lane in the 600 block of 16th Avenue N.E.

At the time of her death, Chipaway had a blood alcohol level of .21, according to an agreed statement of facts.

In the hours after her death, Maguder told the taxi driver who he shared a vehicle with that he "bumped something on 16th Avenue in night time ... some stuff or luggage kind of thing lying in the road."

After he struck Chipaway, Maguder got his taxi washed at a car wash and then went home.

Witnesses who were driving by stopped, tried to help Chipaway, and called 911. 

Maguder was arrested about 16 hours after the accident.

The trial is set to last all week and prosecutor Elaine Ahn indicated two more witnesses will be called.

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Meghan Grant

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Meghan Grant is the courts and crime reporter for CBC Calgary.