October 25th, 2020

Fatal collision case adjourned


By Shurtz, Delon on September 16, 2020.

Delon Shurtz

lethbridge herald

dshurtz@lethbridgeherald.com

A Lethbridge man charged following a collision that claimed the life of a 10-year-old boy earlier this spring, returns to court next month.

The matter for Neil Martin Skjodt, 52, was in Lethbridge provincial court Tuesday but adjourned to Oct. 6 to allow time for he and his lawyer to review disclosure. It’s only the accused’s second court appearance since the fatal collision last spring.

Skjodt is charged under the Traffic Safety Act with careless driving, which allows for a maximum fine of $2,000 or six months in jail, or both, and possibly licence suspension. Skjodt was charged under the Traffic Safety Act rather than under the Criminal Code after 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.

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