Nanaimo mother charged in fatal crash to stand trial

A Nanaimo woman charged with dangerous and impaired driving following a 2008 car crash that killed two of her children will be tried in B.C. Supreme Court next week.

A Nanaimo woman charged with dangerous and impaired driving following a 2008 car crash that killed two of her children will be tried in B.C. Supreme Court next week.

Clare Bekkers is charged with two counts of impaired driving causing death, two counts of impaired driving causing bodily harm, two counts of dangerous driving causing death and two counts of dangerous driving causing bodily harm.

The trial is scheduled to start Tuesday (Sept. 6) and is expected to wrap up Sept. 14.

The crash happened on the Island Highway in Cassidy on Dec. 22, 2008 when Bekkers lost control of her vehicle on a curve in front of the Cassidy Inn and swerved into oncoming traffic, triggering a seven-car collision.

Her two boys, aged two and nine, died, while her two girls were injured in the crash.