Sentencing for woman who struck girl put off to September

The sentencing hearing for a Victoria woman who struck and catastrophically injured 11-year-old Leila Bui in a crosswalk two years ago has been adjourned until September.

Tenessa Nikirk was to be sentenced Tuesday. Defence lawyer Tom Morino said sentencing has been delayed because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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In late January, Nikirk was convicted by provincial court Judge Mayland McKimm of dangerous driving causing bodily harm. McKimm found Nikirk was speeding, texting and not paying attention to the girl or to crosswalk markings at Ash Road and Torquay Drive, or to other drivers who had already stopped at the intersection on Dec. 20, 2017.

The judge found Nikirk’s driving both before the accident and at the time of the accident was dangerous to other users of the road. Leila was thrown 26 metres before coming to a stop, wedged under an oncoming car. She suffered severe brain damage, a fractured neck and a lacerated spleen. — Times Colonist

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