January 15th, 2021

Man charged in death of pedestrian has case adjourned

By Jensen, Randy on August 14, 2020.

Lethbridge Herald

A 52-year-old Lethbridge man charged with careless driving following a collision this spring that claimed the life of a 10-year-old boy had his case adjourned until Sept. 15 in Lethbridge provincial court following his first hearing on Tuesday.

Neil Martin Skjodt is charged under the Traffic Safety Act, which allows for a maximum fine of $2,000 or six months in jail, or both. Skjodt is charged under the Traffic Safety Act rather than under the Criminal Code because investigating officers determined there was no criminality involved in the unfortunate incident.

At about 3:30 p.m. on April 13 police responded to a pedestrian collision at the intersection of Whoop-Up Drive and Aquitania Boulevard West. A large SUV travelling south on Aquitania Boulevard turned west onto Whoop-Up Drive and struck two young boys crossing in the crosswalk with their father. The father was not injured, but a nine-year-old boy sustained minor injuries and a 10-year-old boy suffered life-threatening injuries. The older boy died after being taken to the hospital.

In addition to the fine or possible jail sentence, the accused could also have his operator’s licence suspended.

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