William Goosman charged with dangerous driving causing death

Derek Kilbourn

Sounder News

Wednesday, September 5 2018

On Tuesday, August 28, 2018, William Goosman of Gabriola was formally charged with dangerous driving causing death.

This stems from the January 24, 2018, incident in which Gabriolan Jay Dearman was killed after he was struck while running on Taylor Bay Road east of Twin Beaches Mall.

Gabriola RCMP and the BC Prosecutor’s office confirmed the charges.

Dearman’s spouse Suzanne spoke on behalf of the Dearman family saying, “Nothing will ever bring Jay back, but we are glad to see there is movement on the investigation, that charges have been decided on. We will refrain from making further statements until seeing what happens through the courts.”

The van involved where it came to a stop in the westbound ditch of
Berry Point Road on on Jan. 24, 2018. Gabriola Sounder File Photo

Alisia Adams with the BC Prosecution Service (Ministry of Attorney General) said Goosman’s first appearance in court is scheduled for this October. That will be the first opportunity for Goosman to enter either a guilty or not guilty plea. Adams said such steps often occur later in the court process.

Because the charges are for an indictable offense, the accused can elect whether he wishes to be tried in Supreme Court by a judge and jury, judge alone, or to be tried in Provincial Court. That election is typically made at the arraignment hearing.

On January 24, Dearman had been jogging eastbound on the north side of Berry Point Road, just east of Twin Beaches Mall, when the eastbound van driven by Goosman crossed the road and hit him.