Trial of Nanaimo woman adjourned for two months

The trial of a Nanaimo woman charged with dangerous and impaired driving following a 2008 car crash has been adjourned for two months.

The trial of a Nanaimo woman charged with dangerous and impaired driving following a 2008 car crash was adjourned for two months Friday.

Clare Bekkers is charged with two counts of dangerous driving causing death, two counts of dangerous driving causing bodily harm, two counts of impaired driving causing death and two counts of impaired driving causing bodily harm following a car crash on the Island Highway Dec. 22, 2008.

The collision happened at about 4:20 p.m. in the southbound lane of the Island Highway near the Cassidy Inn. Bekkers, driving northbound on the highway in a Ford Escape, crossed the centre line into oncoming traffic, triggering a multi-car collision that killed her two sons and injured her two daughters.

Her trial in B.C. Supreme Court in Nanaimo began Sept. 6 and was scheduled to finish Wednesday (Sept. 14), but the case was adjourned until Nov. 14 so more court time could be found to hear the case and so  the Crown could make further disclosures to the defence about an expert’s opinion.

“We’re clearly not going to be able to finish the case … even if we continue next week,” said Crown counsel Frank Dubenski.

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