Accused in fatal hit and run in court

Erin Vance, a 26-year-old mother of two, was killed by a hit-and-run driver as she walked along a...

Erin Vance, a 26-year-old mother of two, was killed by a hit-and-run driver as she walked along a rural road in Constance Bay on Sunday, March 18.

Darren Brown, Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 4:05 PM ET

A man charged with the drunk-driving death of a single mother of two was told not to drive by patrons of the bar he was at last Sunday morning, court heard Tuesday.

Jeremy Rees, 23, appeared in court Tuesday on charges of criminal negligence causing death, impaired driving and fail to remain at the scene of a crash.

Erin Vance, 26, of Constance Bay was struck and killed around 2:30 a.m. Sunday by a Subaru SUV while walking on Bayview Ave. after celebrating St. Patrick’s Day at Point Dining Lounge in Constance Bay.

Dressed in a wrinkled white shirt, unbuttoned at the collar, and black dress pants, Rees’s short and stocky framed stood motionless as assistant Crown Nathalie Cote, presented her case.

Rees’ gaze moved from the Crown to the ground and back again as Cote informed the court Rees was told at the bar not to drive home because he was too drunk.

Rees has no criminal record and had minor charges withdrawn against him in 2007 and 2008.

While Rees’ lawyer, Paolo Giancaterino, would not comment on the charges, he did admit the case is serious.

“Obviously they are very serious charges. It’s a very tragic case and nobody want to be put in that position.” 

Rees, an avid horseback rider left behind two six-year-old twin boys, Liam and Caleb.

The Erin Vance Memorial Fund has been set up with Scotiabank to help raise the boys and friends have also set up Facebook memorial page.

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