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article imageMan charged with stealing purse of fatal hit-and-run victim

By Arthur Weinreb     Jan 10, 2012 in Crime
Hamilton - As a 20-year-old international exchange student lay dead or dying on a Hamilton, Ontario street, a man is alleged to have taken her purse and used her credit cards.
Yesterday, the Hamilton Police Service announced an arrest was made in the theft of the purse of Jiao (Bonny) Shi Qi, who was killed on a Hamilton street by an alleged drunk driver who left the scene.
According to police, the accident occurred last Sept. 18 around 2:30 a.m. When the young woman was crossing Main St. E., she was struck by an eastbound vehicle. The 20-year-old woman was pronounced dead at the scene.
The impact was such that the Jiao's personal effects were scattered. When her property was recovered it was noticed that there was no purse or ID. Police received information that she had a purse that contained two credit cards, one belonging to her boyfriend.
On Jan. 3, Jason Dave Trotter, 29, was arrested at his Hamilton home. He faces four counts of fraudulent use of a credit card, two counts of theft under $5,000 and two counts of possession of property obtained by crime under $5,000.
The Hamilton Spectator reports that the alleged driver of the vehicle was arrested hours after the fatal collision. Angelo Epifani, 61, of St. Catharines, is currently before the courts. He is facing charges of impaired driving causing death, having a blood alcohol level exceeding .08 causing death, and failing to remain.
It took Hamilton police four months to track credit card purchases before they were in a position to make an arrest. Speaking of the theft and theft related charges, Detective Sgt. Steve Hrab was quoted in the Vancouver Sun as saying, It's deplorable. It offends our sense of decency to think that a young girl is struck as she's crossing the street by, as it turns out, an alleged drunk driver who takes off. As she's laying there crumpled in a heap we have another individual that comes along and takes advantage of the situation and takes her purse with some credit cards in it and then uses them.
According to the Toronto Star, Jiao had her purse stolen once before; on the first day she arrived in Hamilton after coming from China in May 2010. At the time of her death, Jiao was due to graduate from Columbia International College in three months and she planned to continue her studies at the University of Toronto.
Trotter was released on a Promise to Appear, and is scheduled to appear in court at a future date.
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