February 18th, 2019

Lethbridge man charged in fatal highway crash


By Kalinowski, Tim on November 22, 2018.

Lethbridge Herald

A 62-year-old Lethbridge man is facing criminal charges of impaired driving causing death after a fatal collision on Highway 3 near Coalhurst in June.

According to a statement released by the Coaldale RCMP, a Toyota Corolla was heading east in the westbound lanes and collided with a Chevrolet Impala.

Douglas Bagnall, who was driving the Corolla, was allegedly driving with a blood alcohol level exceeding 80 milligrams at the time of the accident.

The driver of the second vehicle, a 42-year-old man from the Piikani Nation, died en route to hospital, while a 12-year-old girl in the same vehicle was taken for treatment of trauma and minor back injuries.

The Corolla driver was not seriously injured but was taken to hospital as a precaution.

Bagnall was arrested on Sunday, but has been granted release on bail with conditions while awaiting his trial.

Bagnall’s next court date will be at Lethbridge Provincial Court Tuesday.

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