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Driver found guilty in hit and run that injured woman in central Alberta

05/28/2013 05:34 EDT | Updated 07/28/2013 05:12 EDT
RED DEER, Alta. - A driver who failed to stop after he hit a woman in a marked crosswalk has been found guilty of impaired driving causing bodily harm.

Brittany Ellison, who was 25 at the time, was walking with friends in Red Deer, Alta., when she was hit by a truck and seriously injured in March 2012.

Court heard the driver, Kyle Carver, didn't stop even after two of Ellison's friends chased him and confronted him at a nearby stop light.

Court was told Carver, who is 19, had a blood alcohol level twice the legal limit.

He is to return to court July 17 for sentencing.

Two other counts against Carver, who is from nearby Sylvan Lake, were dropped.

Ellison suffered several skull fractures, a broken nose and a broken femur, which is now held together with a titanium rod. She says she gets tired and has headaches.

But she says she's satisfied justice has been served.

"I'm glad I get to move on with things now a little bit more. I'm happy to be alive and I forgive Mr. Carver. Life moves on," she said after the verdict Tuesday.

Her boyfriend at the time, Justin VanBenmaagbenberg, said the year and a bit since Ellison was hit has been tough.

"I see the accident in my head almost every day," he said. "It gets a little easier as time goes on, but it's more the fact that you just learn to live with it, not that it goes away.

(CHUB, CKGY)

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