HIt and run accused faces nine charges

(by Kristen Thompson, Metro Vancouver)

 

Charges have now been laid against a 37-year-old Coquitlam man accused of running over and killing two young women on Lougheed Highway, then driving away.

 

Cory Sater faces nine counts including impaired driving causing death and failure to stop at the scene of an accident.

 

Sater was arrested on Sunday and is slated to appear in court for his bail hearing on March 3.

 

His lawyer appeared in court on his behalf yesterday.

 

Dr. Joti Samra, a clinical psychologist, said it’s not uncommon for drivers – impaired or not – to flee an accident, and that the instinct to do so is often motivated by shock rather than malice.

 

“We react to traumatic events in stunning ways,” Samra said. “(In retrospect) it seems obvious what to do, but in that moment they’re not thinking rationally.”

 

Samra said the driver responsible for these tragic deaths made an “irreparable” mistake he will have to live with forever.

 

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