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Dec 15, 2010  |  Vote 0    0

Guilty plea

Ottawa East News

Samira Daoud pleaded guilty Dec. 15 to impaired driving causing death stemming from a hit-and-run collision that killed Greely resident Alex Hayes in September.

The incident occurred when Hayes, 16, was biking home from a night shift at MacKinnon’s Foodland on Sept. 8.

Hayes was struck by the vehicle Daoud was driving on Bank Street – just south of Mitch Owens Road – shortly after he left the store at 9 p.m.

Police found Daoud at approximately 9:30 p.m., but didn’t find Hayes’s body until almost three hours later, a few kilometres away.

They declared him dead when he was discovered at 12:10 a.m. on Sept. 9.

Daoud has been in jail since the incident.

She also pleaded guilty to mischief – breaking a telephone in prison – plus charges stemming from a previous incident. Daoud pleaded guilty to two counts of failing to keep the peace and breaking a condition of not drinking.

On Aug. 26, 2006, Daoud was charged with impaired driving and assessed a $600 fine.

Daoud’s lawyer Bob Carew said his client has undergone treatment for alcohol use both prior to the incident and since.

Wearing a grey loose turtle-necked sweater and black pants, Daoud was read the charges by the clerk. The only word she said was, “Guilty.”

As the crown rehashed the incident to the judge, all Daoud could do was bow her head, tent her hands by her face in prayer and rock back-and-forth from the prisoner’s box as she occasionally looked over to the four family members who attended the hearing.

Daoud was originally charged with 14 criminal and traffic offences, including manslaughter, criminal negligence causing death, impaired driving, failing to stop at the scene of an accident causing death, possessing a stolen car, driving with a suspended license, and breach of probation.

Daoud will be sentenced on Feb. 28 at 10 a.m. At that time, victim impact statements from the Hayes family will be read.

“I expect the crown to say (they want) seven years if not eight to 10,” Carew said afterwards.

He said based on previous precedents he hoped his client would receive between three and seven years behind bars.

“We’re realistic too,” Carew said. “I don’t want to guess what the judge will do.”

Impaired driving causing death can carry a maximum sentence of life imprisonment.

daniel.bowman@metroland.com

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