Man charged in Halifax pedestrian death out on bail

Dennis Donald Patterson faces two impaired driving charges

Dennis Patterson enters the courtroom in Halifax provincial court for his hearing on Monday.   Trent Erickson

Friends of a pedestrian killed on a Halifax street last weekend confronted the driver accused of hitting him Monday in court.

Dennis Donald Patterson, 22, appeared briefly in Halifax provincial court on Spring Garden Road. He was charged with impaired driving and impaired driving causing death.

After the judge granted Patterson a bail of $5,000, a friend of Wray Hart held up a sign with Hart’s name on it and said, “his name was Wray and he was a legend.” Another looked at Patterson and said “you’re a piece of shit.”

A friend of Wray Hart held up this sign in court.   Trent Erickson

Hart, 63, was struck by a car just before 3 a.m. Saturday at the intersection of Queen Street and Victoria Road in south-end Halifax. He died at the scene.

Patterson, a Saint Mary’s University student from New Brunswick, was arrested nearby and taken into custody. Halifax Regional Police charged him the next day.

Under the conditions of his bail, Patterson is not allowed to drive a vehicle or use any non-medical drugs or alcohol. He is also under curfew from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. each day.

He is scheduled to appear again in provincial court on Feb. 27 to enter his plea.