No murder charge in relation to hit-and-run in Abbotsford

Dwayne McCormick died after he was struck by a vehicle on McKenzie Road in July 2014

Dwayne McCormick

There are no murder charges coming in connection with the hit-and-run death of Dwayne McCormick last July.

McCormick, 41, died on July 13, 2014, two days after being struck by a vehicle in the 2200 block of McKenzie Road. Police were called to the scene, where they found McCormick suffering from severe injuries.

Mario Richard Delellis, 44, had initially been charged with aggravated assault, failing to remain at the scene of an accident, and dangerous driving causing bodily harm.

Abbotsford Police Const. Paul Walker said at the time that Delellis and McCormick knew each other and that the incident took place near the victim’s residence.

Following McCormick’s death, the charges against Delellis were stayed, and the case was handed over to the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team.

IHIT spokesperson Sgt. Stephanie Ashton said Monday that the case had been transferred back to the Abbotsford Police Department (APD) because “a decision was made that it didn’t fit the criteria of an IHIT investigation.”

The file was reviewed by the APD and Crown counsel approved three charges: dangerous driving causing death, failing to stop at an accident scene involving death, and failure to stop at an accident with a person. Delellis made his first court  appearance Monday, and will re-appear next month.

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