BC woman gets 14 days in jail for causing fiery crash


A woman from British Columbia has received a 14-day jail sentence for causing a crash that sent a motorcyclist to hospital for months.

The Revelstoke Review reports 47-year-old Shelley Hanson caused a motorcycle crash on Highway 3, near Hedley, BC, back in June 2017. Hanson pulled out in front of a motorcycle, which resulted in the rider colliding with her front tire. The fiery aftermath of the crash saw passersby drag the motorcyclist away from the flaming wreckage. He was airlifted from the scene, spent a month in hospital in BC, and another month in hospital in Alberta. The crown attorney said he had to learn how to walk again.

Originally, Hanson was charged with impaired driving causing bodily harm, causing an accident resulting in bodily harm and driving while prohibited. The crown attorney said there were problems with the prosecution’s case, and Hanson ended up pleading guilty to driving without due care and attention. She will serve her sentence intermittently on weekends, as she is a caregiver for her mother and needs to be available for that purpose.

The 14-day sentence was the result of a joint recommendation from the crown and the defense.