April 24th, 2019

Man charged in fatal crash fails to show for court


By Shurtz, Delon on December 12, 2018.

Delon Shurtz

lethbridge herald

dshurtz@lethbridgeherald.com

A Lethbridge man charged with impaired driving causing death in relation to a fatal collision near Coalhurst earlier this year could be arrested again if he doesn’t show up for court next month.

Douglas Wilbur Bagnall was expected to appear in Lethbridge provincial court Tuesday, but when he failed to show up, a warrant was issued for his arrest. The judge, however, agreed to a request by an agent for the accused’s lawyer to hold the warrant until Jan. 8 of next year. If Bagnall doesn’t attend that hearing, the warrant may be released.

“There was a previous direction he was to be here in person,” Judge Gregory Maxwell pointed out.

Bagnall, 62, is also charged with driving over the legal blood-alcohol limit causing death. Both charges are indictable – more serious than summary offences – and liable to imprisonment for life.

RCMP reported that on June 25 a vehicle was travelling east on the wrong side of Highway 3 near Coalhurst when it collided with a westbound vehicle driven by 42-year-old Barnaby Provost, a councillor for the Piikani Nation. Provost’s 12-year-old daughter was also in the vehicle and sustained minor injuries.

Bagnall was arrested and charged Nov. 18, and on Nov. 27 he was released from custody with conditions and $300 cash bail.

To protest Bagnall’s release, Provost’s brother Riel Houle-Provost gathered with his family and set up a Sharing Medicine Peace Teepee next to the courthouse. Family members and other supporters also attended Tuesday’s brief hearing.

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