Judge wants more time before sentencing hit-and-run driver

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The case against a 19-year-old Kings County man charged in connection with a hit-and-run incident at UPEI earlier this year has been adjourned for sentencing until Jan. 20, 2012.

Zachary Evans-Renaud of St. Peters Bay had earlier pleaded guilty to a charge of failing to stop at the scene of an accident which occurred this past spring.

Chief provincial court Judge John Douglas had adjourned the case to Dec. 19 for sentence but after detailed submissions from both defence and Crown in Charlottetown court Monday, Douglas said he needs more time to consider a verdict.

Douglas said if he completes work on another case this week, he might be able to render a decision in the Evans-Renaud case next week.

At the time of the offence, Evans-Renaud was a defenceman with the Gatineau Olympiques of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League but now plays for the Truro Bearcats of the Maritime Junior A Hockey League.

The charge was laid in connection with an incident in which Adam Molyneaux was struck while walking on UPEI'srear access road near the National Research Council building.

Molyneaux had been at the Wave and was waiting for his father to pick him up when he was hit from behind by a vehicle that threw him over the hood.

The victim's father later found him lying bloodied and hurt by the side of the road.

Molyneaux was taken to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital.

Evans-Renaud left the scene and based on facts read into the court record Monday, tried to have repairs done to the car in order to sell it and thus avoid detection.

Organizations: Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, National Research Council

Geographic location: Kings, Peters Bay, Charlottetown

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  • Smash Up Derby
    December 19, 2011 - 18:56

    He didn't realize he hit someone......did anyone see the pic of the car? How do not stop and get out and see what came over the hood and smashed out your windshield unless you are DRUNK?

  • David
    December 19, 2011 - 16:44

    You ask what does the fact he plays hockey have anything to do with it? In PEI and Ch'town in particular everyone knows that if you play hockey you can do anything and get away with it. Just look at the hockey player who beat up his girlfriend..he got nothing. There are hundreds of examples over the years of hockey jocks getting charged and then getting off with no punishment. This case will be no different..the guys is hockey player he will be lucky if he even gets parole let alone getting any jail time. Do you really think weak sentence Douglas will actually punish him. No he will likely admonish the guy who was hit for being in the way of the car driven by the hockey player.

    • On side with the victim
      December 20, 2011 - 07:54

      Being a Hockey Player should not be relevant in the Judge handing down his sentence. Being a Hockey Player does not put him above the law. The driver is considered to be an adult by age and should be held accountable for his actions. This person hit an innocent victim from behind , then left him injured on the side of the road late at night. Didn't call anyone to help injured young man, and did not come back to him to see if he was ok or needed help. Thankfully, his father was coming to pick him up. Otherwise, who knows what could have happened to Mr Molyneaux that night. How could he not realize he hit someone. He never called the victim until after he was caught, That says alot, Would he have called Mr Molyneaux if the Police didn't find him? The driver had many chances to to correct a serious wrong and failed to do so. The comment I sent in last night was not published. Wonder Why?

  • Confused
    December 19, 2011 - 15:09

    what does the fact that he plays hockey have to do with anything??

  • Jarrod
    December 19, 2011 - 13:44

    Aggravating factors? Left a man for dead....tried selling the car to hide the evidence.... Mitigating factors? He's a high-calibre hockey player. Definitely sad, probably true.