Bail for man accused of double hit-and-run



A man facing numerous charges, including driving while impaired after two pedestrians were struck by a pickup truck in St. John's Wednesday night, has been granted bail.

Leo Jerome Power of North Harbour, St. Mary's Bay appeared in provincial court in St. John's for a bail hearing on Friday.

A judge ordered Power to surrender his driver's licence and make a $7,500 deposit as part of his bail conditions and promise to pay another $10,000 if he breaches a bail condition. As well, he is also prohibited from drinking alcohol and going to licensed establishments.

He was also told to keep the peace and be of good behaviour; report to police on Mondays and Fridays and reside in St. John's with his daughter.

Power was charged with a string of offences, including two counts of impaired driving and six counts of failing to remain at the scene of an accident when he appeared in court on Thursday

Police believe the truck Power was driving hit another vehicle shortly after two women were hit while walking at the corner of Topsail Road and Forbes Street near the Village Mall Wednesday.

Const. Suzanne FitzGerald, of the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary, told CBC News the incident involving the pedestrians happened just after 9:00 p.m.

At the time, a 22-year-old woman was rushed to hospital by ambulance with life-threatening injuries. She was reported to be in critical condition. Fitzgerald said the woman had been "carried with the vehicle," for a distance.

The other woman, 24, was also taken to hospital by ambulance with life threatening injuries.

Both women are recovering, a source told CBC News. The 22-year-old woman, originally from New Brunswick, is expected to be out of the hospital's Intensive Care Unit Saturday or Sunda. The 24-year-old woman from Hong Kong, began walking again Friday.

Power is scheduled to return to court March 7.