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Mission man sentenced for hit-and-run
by Vikki Hopes, Black Press
A Mission man who pleaded guilty in the hit-and-run death of 65-year-old Elinor Clark has been sentenced to two years in prison, followed by a two-year driving prohibition and three years' probation.
Justin Brown, 25, pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident, but a charge of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death was stayed.
He was sentenced last Wednesday in Abbotsford provincial court.
Brown had also been charged with several other unrelated offences. Several of those were stayed, but Brown was sentenced for assault with a weapon, criminal harassment, and breaching his probation.
Clark was walking with her husband on the north shoulder of 14 Avenue near Caribou Street in Mission around 4:30 p.m. on Dec. 2, 2012 when she was struck by a vehicle driven by Brown.
She was airlifted from the scene, but was pronounced dead at Royal Columbian Hospital.
Police located the vehicle an hour later not far from the scene and identified Brown as the suspect shortly after.
He was arrested for a Mission break-in three days after the fatal collision, and police charged him with the hit-and-run in May of this year.