Repeat offender to remain behind bars over fatal hit-and-run case
Published Monday, January 14, 2013 9:05AM EST
Last Updated Monday, January 14, 2013 4:51PM EST
The suspect in a hit and run that left a 53-year-old woman dead in Terrebonne Sunday will remain in detention for the time being.
Yan Robitaille-Godin, 32, is a repeat offender for driving while intoxicated. His driver's licence was suspended last year for that reason.
He faces five charges, including dangerous driving causing death, impaired driving causing death, driving while forbidden to do so and hit-and-run causing death.
Marie-Claude Grenon was crossing Des Seigneurs Blvd. at the corner of Haute Ville Blvd. when a truck ran her down Sunday at 5 p.m. She was rushed to hospital where she died of her injuries.
Police say they believe Robitaille-Godin was responsible for the fatal crash and fled the scene without stopping after the woman was struck down. They quickly tracked him down and placed him under arrest, at which point they realized his licence was suspended for driving while impaired.
Godin was arraigned in the St. Jerome courthouse Monday afternoon, where he waived his right to a speedy bail hearing. His next court date is Jan. 28 and he will be detained at least until then.
He is also set to appear at the Montreal courthouse on Jan. 17 for a separate case.
Police are seeking a witness who alerted them to the truck driver.