The woman convicted last year in the death of four-year-old Alexa Middelaer will have her conviction appeal heard later this week.
Carol Berner was convicted in 2010 of impaired driving causing death, impaired driving causing bodily harm, dangerous driving causing death and dangerous driving causing bodily harm in the 2008 crash that killed Alexa and seriously injured her aunt Daphne Johanson. She was sentenced to two and a half years in prison and received a five-year driving ban.
Berner was granted bail last November pending her appeal, which will be heard Thursday morning at the Court of Appeal in Vancouver.
On May 17, 2008, Alexa and Johanson were feeding a horse in the 4300-block of 64th Street in Ladner when a car plowed into them. The little girl was fatally wounded and died later at B.C. Children's Hospital. Johanson was seriously injured, spent four weeks in the hospital recovering and several months in a wheelchair.
Since their daughter's death, Laurel and Michael Middelaer have become advocates in an effort to reduce impaired driving fatalities in B.C.