Christchurch woman who didn't stop after hit-and-run sentenced to community work

Steffan Pearce-Loe.
Steffan Pearce-Loe. Photo credit: Facebook

A woman charged with failing to stop and ascertain injury after a hit-and-run in Christchurch in July has been sentenced to 170 hours of community work.

Steffan Pearce-Loe was critically injured and later died after he was struck by a vehicle when walking his two dogs on Gayhurst Rd, Dallington in July.

Timaima Tuilawa, 56, appeared in the Christchurch District Court on Thursday. Judge Brian Callaghan also ordered her to pay $500 emotional harm reparations to Pearce-Loe's family.

She was charged with failing to stop and ascertain injury after an accident in which someone was killed.

The court heard she didn't stop because of claims she thought she hit a dog.

The vehicle involved in the incident was found three days later at a property several kilometres from the scene.

Judge Callaghan said the Burwood woman must have been aware of the impact, due to the damage caused to the vehicle.