A driver who struck a car and fled — then told ICBC he was the victim of an unrelated hit and run — was caught when he brought his car to the shop where the victim’s car was being repaired.
Karl Peter Billy pleaded guilty Thursday to making a false claim, an offence under the Insurance Vehicle Act.
Prosecutor Frank Caputo said Billy’s four-door Dodge struck a Mazda 3 at the intersection near St. Paul Street downtown on March 8, but the 28-year-old drove away.
Witnesses described a four-door car and two pieces of a wheel cover were recovered at the scene.
The next day Billy filed a claim to ICBC, saying his car was the victim of a hit and run while parked elsewhere.
When he took it to Cactus Collision for repair, Caputo said the owner of the Mazda 3 was there, also getting an estimate. The victim pulled out pieces of the broken wheel cover and made the match, calling police.
An insurance adjuster called Billy on March 11, but he maintained his car was struck and he was not involved with the Mazda. Finally, under questioning from an investigator on March 21, Billy admitted to the false claim.
Court heard that Billy was returning at the time from a funeral, where he was distraught and emotional, making a panicked decision to flee.
Judge Chris Cleaveley levied a $1,000 fine on the Chasm mill worker. He must also pay more than $5,000 in repairs to compensate the Mazda owner.