About two weeks after police identified the driver of a vehicle believed to be involved in a fatal hit-and-run collision, an Ottawa couple is set to appear in court this month to answer to several charges.

After more than five months of interviews, police here charged a 32-year-old driver of a red Mazda RX8 and the passenger, the man’s girlfriend, on New Year’s Eve.

At around 11:16 p.m. on July 13, Mitchell Anderson was on his way to meet his teenaged daughter as she finished her shift at an Elgin Street fast food restaurant, when a vehicle struck him while he was crossing Colonel By Drive at Rideau Street. He died of his injuries in hospital two days later.


Using witness information, police here worked with the Ministry of Transportation to find the Mazda RX8 that witnesses reported seeing at the scene. They interviewed owners of vehicles that matched the description.

About two weeks ago, police said they had identified the driver but had to consult with the Crown Attorney’s office to determine charges.

Earlier this week, police charged the driver with dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing death and failing to stop at scene of an accident causing death. The female passenger was charged with obstructing police.

Vlad Nicolae Precup, 32, and Christy Lu, 26, appear in court on January 28.

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