October 31st, 2020

Driver charged in fatal crash granted bail


By Shurtz, Delon on March 21, 2020.

Delon Shurtz

lethbridge herald

dshurtz@lethbridgeherald.com

A Lethbridge man who was charged in connection with a fatal car collision last year, released from custody shortly afterward then re-arrested last month on unrelated charges, has been released again.

Wesley Brian Phillips was re-arrested in February on outstanding warrants from Airdrie where he faces charges of unlawfully being in a dwelling and failing to comply with a probation order. Although he had hoped to make bail earlier, he was finally released Friday following a hearing in Lethbridge provincial court, where he appeared by closed-circuit TV from the Lethbridge Correctional Centre.

Phillips, 36, was granted $3,000 no-cash bail and ordered to keep the peace, reside at an approved Lethbridge residence, abstain from alcohol and illicit drugs, not possess weapons and obey a nightly curfew.

The accused also faces 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, 2019 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.

Phillips’ next court hearing is scheduled for May 29.

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