A memorial at Mary Street and Patten Avenue downtown Chilliwack in December 2016 near the location where 78-year-old Fourghozaman Firoozian was killed by a hit-and-run driver. (Progress file)

Fatal hit-and-run of beloved Chilliwack septuagenarian set for jury trial

Linnea Labbee, 70, accused in Dec. 1, 2016 incident that killed 78-year-old Fourghozaman Firoozian

The trial of a woman accused in the fatal hit-and-run of a beloved elderly Chilliwack woman will go to a jury trial in B.C. Supreme Court in April 2020.

It’s been two-and-a-half years since Fourghozaman Firoozian, known as “Farouk” to those who knew her in the community, died on Dec. 1, 2016 when she was struck by a vehicle in a crosswalk on Mary Street near Patten Avenue.

Seventy-year-old Linnea Louise Labbee was charged with one count of failure to stop at an accident causing bodily harm.

• READ MORE: Charge laid in hit-and-run that killed beloved 78-year-old Chilliwack woman

After Farouk’s death, a candlelight vigil attended by more than 100 people was held. A roadside memorial was set up at the corner near where she was struck.

Labbee had a three-day preliminary inquiry in provincial court in February 2019. Details of that hearing cannot be reported due to a publication ban.

Since them, she parted ways with her lawyer causing delays to the case.

In B.C. Supreme Court on July 8 her new lawyer Ondine Snowden appeared on her behalf scheduling the trial date, and making the election for jury trial. Jury selection will begin on April 6, 2020 with the trial scheduled to being immediately after.

A pretrial conference is scheduled for September.

After she was struck that day in 2016, Firoozian was transported to hospital but succumbed to her injuries. Labbee was not charged until October 2017.

• READ MORE: Funeral Wednesday afternoon as Chilliwack mourns a generous lady


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