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Driver guilty of drunken hit-and-run

The Coquitlam man accused of killing two women in an alcohol-fuelled hit-and-run has been found guilty of impaired and dangerous driving causing death.

Cory Sater drank 14 ounces of hard liquor over a three-hour period the night Lorraine Cruz, 26, and Charlene Reaveley, 30, were fatally struck by a vehicle on the Lougheed Highway in February 2011. Lawyers also claimed Sater was cut off by bar staff that night because he had too much to drink.

Cruz had been involved in a minor accident and Reaveley had stepped out of another vehicle to help when the women were hit. The impact threw them more than 20 metres, the court heard. Both women died at the scene.

Sentencing has been set for March 31.

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