Guilty plea in Central Okanagan car surfing death

Christopher Bezaire was behind the wheel as friend Jody Rud surfed on the Pontiac Sunfire on Bear Main Forest Service Road

  • Oct. 7, 2013 6:00 a.m.

The man accused of criminal negligence causing the death of his friend in a car-surfing incident more than two years ago has pleaded guilty.

Christopher Gerald Bezaire was scheduled to have a five-day trial in Supreme Court beginning today, but a justice of the peace heard last week that those trial dates were dropped in anticipation of Bezaire’s guilty plea.

The Saskatchewan man, dressed in a suit, stood before Judge Brad Chapman Monday afternoon as his lawyer entered a guilty plea on his behalf. A pre-sentence report has been ordered.

It is alleged that Bezaire was behind the wheel of a Pontiac Sunfire as it travelled along Bear Main Forest Service Road on June 11, 2011 when Jody Rud got on the roof to car surf.

Bezaire allegedly lost control and rolled the car down an embankment, killing Rud.

Rud was a day shy of his 25th birthday when he died.

Bezaire’s case returns to court Dec. 10, when a sentencing date is expected to be set.

By Cheryl Wierda, Capital News contributor

Kelowna Capital News