October 23rd, 2020

Still no bail for man charged in fatal crash


By Shurtz, Delon on March 16, 2020.

Delon Shurtz

lethbridge herald

dshurtz@lethbridgeherald.com

A Lethbridge man charged in connection with a fatal car collision last year remains in custody while he waits to make bail.

Wesley Brian Phillips has been in remand at the Lethbridge Correctional Centre while he waits to have a bail hearing. And while he had hoped to make bail during previous court appearances, they’ve repeatedly been adjourned, just as it was again Friday.

Lethbridge lawyer Greg White assured the judge he and his client are trying to put together a bail plan, and the matter was adjourned to Wednesday when the Crown prosecutor assigned to the case will be available.

The accused is seeking bail on charges of unlawfully being in a dwelling and failing to comply with a probation order stemming from offences in another jurisdiction. The Crown is also expected to apply to revoke Phillips’ initial bail on the Lethbridge charges of failure or refusal to comply with a breath demand resulting in a collision causing death, impaired driving causing death, dangerous driving causing death, and failure to comply with a probation order.

Those charges stem from a collision about 7:15 p.m. Nov. 25 when a white VW Jetta westbound on Highway 3 collided with a red Ford Escape that was stopped at a stop sign on 51 Avenue in the town of Coalhurst where it intersects with the highway.

Police said the 66-year-old female driver, the lone occupant of the Ford, died at the scene of the collision. The driver of the VW was taken to Chinook Regional Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

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