Courthouse in Nanaimo. (News Bulletin file)

Driver charged in death of Gabriola Island jogger seeks trial

William Sydney Goosman charged with dangerous driving causing death in 2018

A man charged in relation to the death of a Gabriola Island jogger intends to see his case go to trial in B.C. Supreme Court.

William Sydney Goosman was charged with dangerous driving causing death in a Jan. 24, 2018 incident on Gabriola, where Jay Dearman was killed. According to the Gabriola Volunteer Fire Department’s website, the volunteer firefighter, who had been with the department since June 2012, was killed while out for a run.

Michael Ritzker, Goosman’s legal counsel, told a provincial court judge in Nanaimo on Tuesday about his client’s intention and it has to be determined whether the case will go to Supreme Court.

RELATED: Man dies after being struck by vehicle while jogging on Gabriola Island

A focus hearing is set for March 19 and Ritzker said he will justify having a preliminary inquiry, from which the court will determine if there is enough evidence to warrant a trial.

Ritzker said he will have to offer a list of witnesses.

If the case goes to trial, it would be with a judge presiding, with no jury.

Basil McCormick, Crown counsel, didn’t wish to comment.



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