Two years after he drove into a crashed car on Highway 5, causing the death of a young UBCO student, George Holowko pled guilty to driving without due care and attention in a Vancouver court room on May 1.
Holowko has been sentenced to a $1,500 fine and a $225 victim surcharge for the incident, a representative from the Vancouver provincial criminal court house in confirmed.
Melissa Mimura was 21 years old when she crashed on the Coquihalla Highway approximately 10 kilometres south of Merritt on a snowy day on April 3, 2017.
Melissa exited her vehicle on the icy road, then a northbound Jeep lost control as it came around a corner and hit the young woman. She died at the scene.
The section of road was a downhill slope, and the driver of the Jeep — which contained four occupants — lost control, struck the woman’s vehicle and ended up in a ditch on the east side of the road, Sgt. Mike Pears told the Herald in 2017.
At least four other vehicles were involved in secondary collisions after emergency responders had arrived on scene, but Mimura was the lone fatality.