Man charged in Gatineau River hit and run appears in court


An Orléans man has been charged in connection with a personal watercraft hit and run that left an Ottawa woman with life-threatening injuries.


The Sûreté du Québec arrested 43-year-old Robin Golby Wednesday. 

Golby appeared in a Gatineau courtroom Thursday afternoon just before 12:30 p.m.

He is facing charges of dangerous operation of a motor vehicle causing bodily harm, failure to stop at the scene of an accident and criminal negligence causing bodily harm.

He was conditionally released and his next court appearance will be August 6 in Maniwaki. 

Canada Day hit and run

The incident took place on July 1 on the Gatineau River near Bouchette, about 100 kilometres north of Gatineau.

Police said two people had been on the watercraft and performed a manoeuvre near a large inflatable party island.

Delaney was floating on the party island with several other people.

She was hit in the head and rushed to hospital in Ottawa with serious injuries.

Conditions of release

Golby will be required to pay a $500 deposit, keep the peace, be present in court as required and must reside at his own address.

He is also under orders not to have any contact with Delaney and the those present at the hit and run and their immediate family members.

Golby was ordered to surrender his driver’s licence before being released and is prohibited from operating a motor vehicle or being in the driver’s seat of any motor vehicle.

The Department of National Defence has confirmed that Golby is a corporal in the Canadian Armed Forces where he works as storekeeper and driver.

A department spokesperson did not say whether Golby will hold onto his job while the judicial process runs its course.