Johnny De Oliveira, 21, and Beckie Dyer, 19, died when Hecimovic's out-of-control car hit them in 2010

Andelina Hecimovic has been found guilty on two counts of dangerous driving causing death relating to a 2010 collision that killed Johnny De Oliveira, 21, and his 19-year-old girlfriend Beckie Dyer.

De Oliveira had just picked up Dyer after a Justin Beiber concert and they were on their way home. 

The young couple died when the roof of their Suzuki Swift was ripped off by an out-of-control car that flipped over the median on Lougheed Highway near Harris Road.

During her trial, court was told the young nurse was speeding in a right-turn-only lane through a red light before she lost control of her car.  

Moments before the accident that killed the pair, Johnny De Oliveira had picked up his girlfriend Beckie Dyer from a Justin Bieber concert.

Judge's ruling 

In his ruling, B.C. Supreme Court Justice John Harvey said Hecimovic was inevitably in a rush and dismissed her claim she was not familiar with the roadway. 

At the time, Hecimovic was 23 years old and a new driver who had received her driver's licence only recently. 

The young nurse maintained her vision was blurred because she was crying after a bad shift in the emergency room of Eagle Ridge Hospital. 

The judge ruled there was nothing to explain why Hecimovic didn't see lights and signs warning of the approaching right-turn only lane. 

"She was inevitably hurrying," said Justice Harvey.

Hecimovic stood in the prisoner's box as the judge read his decision. 

Long wait

Upon hearing "guilty," the De Oliveira and Dyer families quietly sobbed in the courtroom's public gallery. 

"I'm just hoping that this will show people that they need to slow down and pay attention to the road signs," said Beckie's mother Debbie Dyer outside the courthouse. 

"If something like this were to happen to somebody else, it's just heartbreaking."

Audrey De Oliveria on the left and Debbie Dyer say their children Johnny and Beckie were an amazing couple.

The judge was articulate and concise, said Dyer. 

"Who's smiling now? I'm smiling now," said Johnny's mother Audrey De Oliveira outside the courthouse. 

Second trial 

This was the Hecimovic's second trial on the charges. 

In 2013, Justice Miriam Gropper ruled the incident was a momentary lapse of judgment and Hecimovic was acquitted. 

The Crown appealed, alleging the trial judge made a legal error.

In Oct. 2014, the B.C. Court of Appeal set aside Hecimovic's acquittal and ordered a new trial.

Hecimovic appealed to the Supreme Court of Canada to have that decision overturned but was denied.

A sentencing hearing has been set for April 20.  

Source: CBC News


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