The highly anticipated trial of Martin William Michael Gentles is scheduled to get underway in Williams Lake Supreme Court Monday.
Several witnesses are expected to take the stand in what is expected to be a four-week trial as Gentles defends the charges against him; including dangerous driving causing death, dangerous driving causing bodily harm, impaired driving causing death, causing an accident resulting in death, impaired driving causing bodily harm, causing an accident resulting in bodily harm, and failure to stop at the scene of an accident.
The charges stem from an incident that occurred more than two years ago on April 22, 2012 on Carson Drive in Williams Lake where Rayel MacDonald, 20, was killed and her friend Alysha Mullet, who was 19 years old at the time, was seriously injured when struck by a vehicle.
Both women were enrolled in the nursing program at Thompson Rivers University in Williams Lake at the time.
Gentles has selected to be tried by judge alone. He was 23 at the time when the incident occurred in 2012.