Accused in driving deaths stressed before crash: court 0
John De Oliveira, 21, and Rebecca Dyer, 19, were killed on Oct. 19, 2010 when another car crashed into a meridian, flipped over, and landed on their Suzuki Swift. (PHOTO COURTESY OF BRENDA DYER)
A young woman who lost control and flipped her car three years ago — landing on another vehicle and killing two — testified Monday she was wiping away tears from a work-related incident when the crash occurred.
Andelina Hecimovic, charged with two counts of dangerous driving causing death, was on her way to her boyfriend’s Pitt Meadows home after a “chaotic” shift at Eagle Ridge Hospital in Port Moody where she worked as an emergency department nurse.
It was past 11 p.m. on Oct. 19, 2010, and the novice driver of several months — in her new Toyota Paseo — took a less-familiar but faster route along Lougheed Highway to get to her boyfriend’s Pitt Meadows home at a speed of 90 km/h.
Her thoughts, Hecimovic testified, were still on a hospitalized boy who had overdosed on pills and alcohol earlier that day.
Anxious to get to her destination for a hug, and struggling to cope with the beginning of her menstrual cycle, Hecimovic began to cry as she approached a right-turn only lane she mistook as a “through” lane.
“I was trying to wipe my tears away and focus on the road when I realized there was a red light and I was in the middle of the intersection,” directly in the path of a median, she testified.
“I swerved really fast, I turned my car to the left before the meridian … I was slamming my brakes and I lost control of my car.”
The car skidded over the median, flipping and landing on top of the Suzuki Swift John De Oliveira and Rebecca Dyer were in, killing both instantly.
Hecimovic suffered a broken neck and was hospitalized for a week. Neither drugs nor alcohol were a factor in the crash.
“I wish I had more control that night,” she said on the stand. “I’m very sorry the family has to go through this.”
Several of the victims’ family members left the courtroom during the more detailed parts of the testimony.
Brenda Dyer, whose 19-year-old niece died, found the testimony difficult to believe and the court-recorded apology insincere.
“You can say your sorry with your face backed to anybody and not make it real,” she said outside court.
“The fact she is a nurse in a triage. You think you’d take extra care when you’re treating people that are car accident victims all the time.
“She didn’t have anything wrong with her cognitive skills.”